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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Yanukovych will testify in Kievan court in the case of “Berkut”

May 19, Svyatoshinsky district court of Kyiv continued hearing the cases of five former Berkut officers accused in the shooting of activists of Maidan on February 20, 2014 at Instytutska street in Kyiv. Recall that the court has started consideration of the merits on may 17. It is ready to act as the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych — on video.

In the first session, prosecutors read part of the indictment. Oleg Janiszewski, Sergei Tuturu, Alexander marinchenko, Pavel Abroskin and Sergey Zinchenko accused in total, killing 48 people.

photo: Alexander Astafyev

Viktor Yanukovych

Recall that former employees of “Berkut” Paul Abroskin and Sergey Zinchenko were arrested in the spring of 2014. Along with them was detained their commander Dmitry Gardener. In October 2014, Dmitry Gardener was released by the court under house arrest and disappeared. In respect of Zinchenko and Abroskin, the proceedings on the merits started in July 2015, then they were charged with the murder of 39 people.

However, 16 Feb Svyatoshinsky court of Kiev has United in one manufacture of this case and the case against three other former Berkut officers — Oleg Janiszewski, Temtory and Sergey marinchenko Alexander, detained in February 2015. Janiszewski is a former Deputy company commander of special purpose “Berkut” Dmitry Gardener, who fled from house arrest.

The other defendants — the fighters of a specialcompany, which Ukrainian media like to call “Black”. Note that there is no “Black company” actually never existed, and a company in which the defendants served, that’s a normal special unit to combat terrorism.

According to the employee of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General Janis Simon, in the executions of protesters allegedly participated in 18 more fighters of a specialcompany, however they are wanted, like their former commander Dmytro Sadovnik, commander of a regiment of special function “Golden eagle” Sergey Kusyuk, who also are accused of this crime.

The version of “Black mouths” arose in the first hours after the tragedy. The source of it are the famous images which show how the commandos in black uniforms with yellow armbands, firing, retreating under the onslaught of the protesters up Instytutska street.

Actually on these shots captured a detachment, consisting of fighters of a specialcompany “Golden Eagle” and special forces of internal troops “omega”.

We will remind, as events developed. During the riots on February 18-19, there were victims on both sides, and law enforcement officers lost in killed 11 people.

20 Feb fighters of summary group issued firearms. Their task was to guard unarmed policemen and soldiers of internal troops who spent the night in the October Palace.

Early morning of 20 February, the security forces opened sniper fire from the Conservatory, there are wounded and at least one killed. Then maydanovtsy, in the vanguard were the militants “Right sector” armed with guns, attacked the October Palace. Fighters of a specialcompany covered the retreat of the unarmed comrades.

It is not excluded that someone from the attacking could have died from this fire, although under the Charter the police had to shoot at his feet. However, even in this case there remain a lot of questions that have no answer.

For example, who were those snipers who early on the morning of 20 February (since 6.10) fired on law enforcement officers?

Who killed 11 policemen on February 18-19?

Like died the rest of the protesters, because it is believed that the “Heavenly hundred” at least 103 people? 103 minus 48 — 55 get. By whom were they killed?

Who fired from the Windows of the hotel “Ukraine”, because the fact of the fire recorded including the Western media?

What about the testimony of relatives of the victims, which the court had stated that their relatives were shot from the “Ukraine”?

Perhaps everything in this case could clarify the testimony of the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. As reported by the lawyer of the former Berkut officers Alexander Gorodinsky, Yanukovych is ready to give such testimony in court via videoconference. In fact the Berkut officers charged with the following criminal orders”.

However, earlier ex-the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Vitaly Zakharchenko declared that neither he nor Yanukovych did not give the order for the use of firearms in the Maidan. According to the lawyer, the prosecution did not present any evidence that such an order actually existed.

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