10 April 2014, 19:46

Ukraine: Maidan snipers were 'Saakashvili's people' - Georgian general

Ukraine: Maidan snipers were 'Saakashvili's people' - Georgian general

A retired Georgian general alleges that the snipers who shot people on Kiev's Maidan in February were former defense and security officials from the structures of Georgia's former president Mikheil Saakashvili. Tristan Tsitelashvili said on Rossiya 1 television on Wednesday that he knows the names of four of those snipers and the materials on the matter he has collected will be sent to the Georgian prosecutors.

"There were four Georgians there. We have their names and we know they worked in the defense and security structures under Saakashvili. We have all the information: when they left for Ukraine, when their headquarters was created, where it was located, and where they received special assignments," Tsitelashvili said.

Tsitelashvili said the group of Georgian snipers in Kyiv was led by Giya Baramadze and Givi Targamadze.

Berkut police did not use firearms against Maidan protesters- Ukrainian ex Interior Minister

Berkut policemen did not shoot people on Maidan, former Ukrainian interior minister Vitaly Zakharchenko told reporters, in comments delivered by Itar-Tass agency.

"I am 100 percent sure those were not policemen," he stressed, noting Berkut members were unarmed when they went to all sites.

On February 18 and 19, eighty six policemen received bullet wounds. Fourteen of them were killed. Among them were interior troops, Berkut members and traffic policemen who were shot when they stood there to ensure order, the ex-minister noted.

Euromaidan activists arrive in Georgia to destabilize situation there - Georgian interior minister

Georgian Interior Minister Alexander Chikaidze said there are some forces in Georgia that are trying to destabilize the situation in the country to achieve their political goals, using criminal elements and Ukrainian Euromaidan activists.

"We have information that political opponents of this administration have brought Euromaidan activists from Ukraine, who are conducting training," Chikaidze said in an interview with the Georgian weekly Primetime on Monday.

"Our political opponents are using several non-governmental organizations as a cover to do everything to cause people to take to the streets. They also plan to put tents in central Tbilisi and mobilize 300-400 people in them to provoke violence from the authorities and then to tell the world how citizens' rights are violated in Georgia," the minister said.

The minister said the Interior Ministry is doing everything to prevent destabilization in Georgia. "We have freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, but the groups that are now trying to destabilize the situation will be strictly punished in accordance with the law," Chikaidze said.

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