New Cold War
Ukraine: Maidan Massacre
According to the Ukrainian prosecution, the ousted president's Berkut police were ordered to fire at protesters on February 20, killing around 50 people within the week. Within a week of the deaths Yanukovych had fled Ukraine. In the two years since Ukraine's revolution, however, many questions about the investigation around the massacre have been raised and few answered.
This much is known: Snipers firing powerful rifles from rooftops and windows shot scores of people in the heart of Kiev. Some victims were opposition protesters, but many were civilian bystanders clearly not involved in the clashes. Among the dead were medics, as well as police officers.
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The most recent revelations about responsibility for the killings come from Ukrainian sources. Gennady Moskal, head of the Ukrainian parliamentary commission investigating the shootings on "Black Thursday" said the bullets found did not match firearms issued to the special anti-riot police unit Berkut. Mr Moskal also said there was no forensic evidence linking the mass killings in Kiev on February 20 to the Berkut. These announcements contradicted the "official" version of the victors in the confrontation.
Urmas Paet with Catherine Ashton
All evidence shows that the people were killed by snipers from both sides - among policemen and people from the streets - that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides. ... And it's really disturbing that now the new coalition, they don't want to investigate what exactly happened, so that there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.
In the center of a European capitol over one hundred police and demonstrators had been shot to death and hundreds more wounded. Despite the heavy casualties suffered by police, Western governments, the opposition-turned government and Western and Maidan media were the very next day unanimous in reporting that the massacre had been ordered by President Yanukovych and that the shooting was initiated and carried out exclusively or nearly so by snipers from the Ukrainian state's police and security organs using professional sniper rifles.