Contents tagged with Maidan

  • Former Lithuanian ambassador: bloodshed during Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity was Putin’s plan

    In an interview with, former Lithuanian ambassador to Ukraine Petras Vaitiekunas  said that he believes that the killing of activists during the Euromaidan Revolution in February 2014 was part of Vladimir Putin’s plan.

    “The Maidan shooting was essentially the start of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, and part of the plan to seize Crimea… I am certain that the blood at the Maidan was President Putin’s plan. Removing President Yanukovych was a necessary but insufficient condition for …

  • Ukrainian President to be questioned in Yanukovych’s case

    The Obolonsky Court of Kyiv will question the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, as a witness in the state treason case against the fugitive former President, Viktor Yanukovych, on February 21st, as reported by prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko to UNN news outlet.

    Kravchenko said that, "The questioning is planned for February 21st."

    Kravchenko added that on the same day, the questioning of Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, is also scheduled.

    Previously, Poroshenko stated …

  • Former head of Ukrainian Armed Forces says Ukrainian authorities asked him to use the army against protesters on the Maidan in 2014

    Former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Volodymyr Zamana testified as a witness in the high treason case against ex-President Viktor Yanukovych before the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv, Ukrainska Pravda reports. During questioning, Zamana said that in February 2014, the Defense Ministry, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Prosecutor General's office   tried to convince him to send the army to suppress the protesters on the Maidan.

    "During that week, attempts …

  • Russia refuses to extradite to Ukraine former Berkut police member accused of killing Maidan protesters

    The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine received an official refusal from Russia to extradite the former deputy commander of the Berkut company, Dmytro Sadovnik, who was involved in crimes committed during the Euromaidan (Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity), as stated by the head of the special investigative department of the Prosecutor General's Office, Serhiy Horbatyuk, in a commentary to Krym.Realii.

    "The Russian Federation has responded that he is a citizen [of Russia], he was granted …

  • Saakashvili calls for new Maidan

    Former Georgian president and leader of the “Movement of New Forces” party Mikheil Saakashvili urged people to go out to a new Maidan in order to oust President Petro Poroshenko.

    Speaking to his supporters after they had freed him from an SBU minibus, Saakashvili tried to discredit Poroshenko by saying that he is in collusion with certain oligarchs.

    “I want to call on all citizens of Kyiv to go out into the streets, to meet on the Maidan today and to start the process of rescuing Ukraine from …

  • Media: Yanukovych's lawyer brought Molotov cocktails to the Pechersky Court in Kyiv

    Former President Viktor Yanukovych’s lawyer brought wooden bats, blocks, and glass bottles with fuses in the form of rags – the materials needed for gasoline bombs - to a session of the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv. It is still unknown if there was a combustible solution inside.

    As Channel 112 reported, lawyer Vitaly Serdyuk was trying to use these materials to prove that the protest on Maidan was not peaceful. "These are threats; this is material evidence, which the whole time have been …

  • Head of Special Investigation Prosecutors Office: Only one person is serving a sentenced for committing crimes during Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity

    Only one person is serving a real sentence for crimes committed during Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, as stated by the head of the Department of Special Investigations of the Prosecutor General's Office, Serhiy Horbatyuk in an interview with Focus.

    More than three thousand crimes are being investigated, Horbatyuk said about the events of Maidan. There are 110 suspects on the wanted list.

    About 380 people were informed about allegations against them, 239 indictments were sent to court, 48 …

  • Russia refuses to extradite to Ukraine former commander of the Berkut special police suspected of killing Maidan protesters

    The Russian Federation refused the request of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine to detain and extradite Serhiy Kusyuk, the former chief of the Kyiv regiment of the Berkut Special Police Force of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

    "Russia refused to extradite him," the head of the special investigations department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, Serhiy Horbatyuk, told Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Tuesday, October 7. Horbatyuk said the Russian Federation …

  • Kravchuk: On night of student beating at Maidan, Yanukovych and I sang karaoke after going hunting

    On 30 November 2013 when students were protesting at the Maidan, the first Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk, together with Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage went hunting, after which they had dinner and sang karaoke, said Kravchuk on the Batsman Live program on channel NewsOne.

    Kravchuk related how in 2013 at Yanukovych’s invitation, he used to go hunting with him and his entourage nearly every Saturday. “A lot of people. 20 people, sometimes 22. For the most part, these were people who …

  • Four of the Maidan dispersers from Berkut special force decided to seek refuge in Russia

    Four former members of the Kharkiv battalion of the “Berkut” special division crossed the border and moved into Russia, their lawyer Valentin Rybin told RIA Novosti.

    On April 13, they sat on a bus and went to Russia. “They crossed the Ukraine-Russia border without incident after completing the necessary border crossing measures and after the end of the pretrial investigation. Taking into consideration the pressure put on them by the Prosecutor General’s Office, and the fact that several …