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To whom EuroMaidan Sharp-shooters belong?

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Introduction

The first question to ask about "sniper-gate" is classic cui bono? There is no question that the major beneficiary was the opposition, not the Yanukovich government. For opposition clear benefit of the sniper killings was to provide a pretext for “regime change”.

That means that the opposition is the primary suspect. The event has all signs of "false flag" operation: Bullets fired from a single rifle were found to have hit and killed people on both sides of the confrontation.

The Daily Telegraph reported that on Thursday the 20th of February:

at least 21 protesters were killed in the space of a few hours”…”… ten corpses were laid out on the pavement beneath the awning of a cafe on the northern edge of Independence Square, where thousands of demonstrators are still camped. At least three of the bodies displayed single bullet wounds to the heads.

There is an evidence of precise targeting:

One demonstrator, who gave his name as Andreiy, carried in one body on a green military stretcher. “He died between 90 minutes and two hours ago,” he told a Telegraph reporter. “These are all live rounds. You can see what they do. He and all the others were shot in the head, the neck or the heart. None were shot anywhere else like in the legs.” (Telegraph)

During negotiation about signing EU-brokered agreement on ending crisis Yanukovich essentially capitulated and at the moment of sniper killing it is not very plausible that he has stomach for such actions. Moreover the key idea and net result of this action was to derail this agreement which calls for the creation of a coalition and forming a "national unity" government within 10 days since signing the agreement. Opposition, especially far right Svoboda Party and (actually no less far right if we judge by Turchinov-Yatsenyuk tandem actions after getting to power) Batkivshchina wanted all the power and that was possible only via putsch. Udar Party that was supported by Germany (Klitschko) was thrown under the bus, exactly as was prescribed by Nuland.  Here is one telling comment from Feb 20, 2014 published on The Vineyard of the Saker site which compares the situation with Generalissimo Franko’s march on Madrid, Spain in the late 30s counting on the fifth column (the infamous fifth column) supporters within the city to assist them :

Anonymous, 20 February, 2014 23:37

Some excerpts from an interview with Rozoff:

Ukraine: sick fascist filth and gangland violence as political opposition – Rick Rozoff

"With the release of a recent conversation between the US Ambassador to Ukraine and Victoria Nuland plotting the downfall of the current legitimate elected government in Kiev, it is clear who is behind the attempted coup in Ukraine. US backed "activists" with sniper rifles and hand guns are openly firing on police something that would not be tolerated anywhere in the world but which is being portrayed by western leaders as being legitimate opposition protest behavior. However such cold-blooded murder would lead to brains being swept off the street in their cities. According to Voice of Russia regular Rick Rozoff, who spoke on these issues, what we are color revolution techniques in action and the western media is playing along as a propaganda tool for those behind the scenes.

But again, you are correct in stating: where something like this to happen in Washington DC, or Paris, or London, I can assure you the first police officer who was injured in any manner, would be the cause for a crackdown, the likes of which wouldn’t be forgotten in a hurry. However the trick about the "regime change", so-called "color revolution technique", which is: to place the targeted government in a situation where if they do not respond harshly, they are seen as vulnerable and then the violence is escalated. If they make any effort, no matter how belated, to even defend themselves, it is seen as being a gross violation of human rights and portrayed that way by the western governments and their rather formidable media outlets.

And this is a situation that I believe is occurring right now in Kiev. But we have to..anyone who has seen this, who has gone to my website or Russian websites and has seen the actual fires in downtown Kiev, this is again the capital city of a European country going up in flames, for the second time in 15 years we saw Belgrade similarly set of fire by NATO bombers, what will be 15 years from next month, if this is a new world order what you are seeing is a resumption of fascistic brutal violent uprisings which ultimately are backed by the US and its cohort of NATO military powers. And what I fear right now, if the violence is not halted very quickly in Ukraine you are going to see full-fledged, if not civil war, you are going to see foreign-backed-armed-insurgency, if not comparable in every particular to what’s happening in Syria at least similar in terms of its basic dynamic.

Incidentally there is a report by INTERFAX Ukraine that armed groups in Western Ukraine and Lviv have been intercepted by security personnel on route to Kiev. So what you are talking about is something almost comparable to, say, Generalissimo Franko’s march on Madrid, Spain in the late 30s counting on the fifth column (the infamous fifth column) supporters within the city to assist them and so forth. But this is nothing less than an effort to topple a legitimate government in Europe in the 21st century through vicious street violence, the sort one may have associated with Adolf Hitler’s attempt to Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 or Mussolini’s March on Rome. This is the kind of sick fascist filth we are seeing in Ukraine."

вот так

 

101 course of the event

The best 101 on events was provided by Justin Raimondo on March 21, 2014. See Ukraine’s Mysterious Snipers. Here is a large except

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Instead, what happened less than twenty-four hours after the truce was announced was a shocking act of violence, initially blamed on the Ukrainian police: 20 protesters were shot and killed. The opposition seized on this and broke the EU-sponsored agreement, as armed activists from the ultra-nationalist Svoboda and Right Sector groups attacked police with Molotov cocktails and what had been billed as a "peaceful" protest turned violent rather quickly. The narrative was quickly picked up by the "mainstream" Western media: evil pro-Russian authoritarians murder blameless peaceful "pro-democracy" protesters – the people rise up – Yanukovich flees – the Good Guys come to power in Ukraine.

Except the Ukrainian secret service, which had been eavesdropping on a phone conversation between EU diplomatic honcho Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, in which the latter was reporting on his trip to Kiev. The audio was promptly uploaded to YouTube, and here is the relevant portion of the transcript, where Paet is reporting on his conversation with Olga Bogomolet, who was in charge of a medical team at the Maidan;

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The snipers were firing on both the protesters and the police, so that both sides thought they were under attack from the other side – a perfect recipe for a provocation. But who was behind it?

The Yanukovich government had nothing to gain from firing on the protesters: an agreement had already been reached and the situation showed every sign of being under control. However, somebody didn’t want that agreement to stand and was determined to see it come unglued. And what better way to do it than to stage such a provocation?

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So who, exactly, is doing the "investigating"? Acting Ukrainian Prosecutor General Oleh Makhnitsky, a leading figure in the ultra-nationalist Svoboda party. That Svoboda and their fellow right-wing extremists of Right Sector are the leading suspects in this crime apparently doesn’t disturb the US State Department – or their amen corner in the US media – which has taken to whitewashing Svoboda and its neo-Nazi allies as having supposedly "moderated" their views.

Something awfully ugly is arising out of Ukraine’s seething cauldron of hate.

When a group of Right Sector bully boys broke into the chief prosecutor’s office and slapped the man in charge around, the Western media looked away. When the same thugs barged into the office of Ukrainian state television and beat up the head honcho for broadcasting material they didn’t approve of, our "mainstream" media pretended it never happened (Chris Hayes on MSNBC was the notable exception). Now when the Foreign Minister of a state on decidedly hostile terms with Russia accuses the Ukrainian coup leaders of instigating the catalyzing incident that swept them into power – still the most of the "news" outlets of the English-speaking world ignore it as if it never happened.

There is nothing subtle about the views of Svoboda and Right Sector, the two parties which have moved into the leadership of the coupist "interim government": the former used to be called the "Social National Party," and was founded as a memorial to the views of Stepan Bandera, leader of the World War II pro-Nazi militia that fought the Russians and directly participated in the Holocaust. Right Sector, a paramilitary group in charge of "security" at the Maidan, is even more extreme; it was formed from the merger of several militant neo-Nazi groups, including "White Hammer" and "Trident." Neo-Nazis have come from all over Europe to join in Ukraine’s "national revolution.

Sooner or later, the ugliness of what is occurring in Ukraine is going to come out: you can’t hide a neo-Nazi "national revolution" under the very thin veneer of a "pro-EU" protest forever. And these guys are particularly unpretty – little more than thugs masquerading as political "activists." There is entirely too much to sweep under the rug here – and the lumps in the fabric are already showing.

We may never know who hired the snipers who handed Ukraine over to a gaggle of assorted fascists, corrupt oligarchs, and their CIA backers. Yet we don’t need receipts to figure it out. Although asking "Qui bono?" isn’t always enough to draw a conclusion in such instances, in this case it most certainly is.

And here’s an intriguing question: what did the US government – whose spies are no doubt crawling all over Ukraine – know about the mysterious snipers, and when did it know it?

False flag sniper killings as a standard color revolution trick

"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death." - Adolph Hitler

In color revolutions civilian deaths are often triggered deliberately with a view to accusing the enemy and demonizing a current head of State, an orchestrated "catastrophic and catalyzing event". The concept of killing civilians and placing the blame on the enemy goes far back in history. See False flag - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is not the first time and not the last time snipers were used for toppling of the government in color revolutions. Several other examples with unclear origin of snipers shooing protesters which were quickly and uniformly attributed to the government and has a distinct effect of helping to derail the government due to subsequent outrage were documented (Unknown Snipers and Western backed “Regime Change” Global Research)

The simple fact that Provisional government is responsible for the investigation of this incident make that situation eerily similar to the Reichstag fire investigation (Kiev snipers, the regime and Yanukovych Oriental Review)

The regime in Kiev totally ignores the evidence presented last month by the former chief of the Ukrainian Security Service Alexander Yakimenko, that unknown snipers killing both protesters and riot police on Feb. 20, were hired by the Western secret services and protected by the commandant of the Self-Defense of Maidan, Andriy Parubiy, who was later appointed secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

Mr. Yakimenko said that shots were fired from the building of the Philharmonic Hall in the Ukrainian capital, which was under the full control of the opposition forces and Cmd. Parubiy in particular

This time with omnipresence of smartphones and reporters with video cameras on Maidan, there are several additional video documents which make the theory of government snipers even less plausible then pure cui bono considerations. There are also intercepts of radio talks of government snipers which were present and were taken by surprise by the event. Some bullets got into tries which allowed to determine from which direction they were shot. Funny, but those trees soon disappeared being replaced by new young trees.

But those facts were very inconvenient for Western MSM so initially they try to hide it in the outburst of emotion and graphic coverage blaming everything on Yanukovich government as prescribed in standard color revolution scripts. After junta came to power they generally forgot about the event.

One exception is German TV which made their own investigation (see below).

Pashinsky attempt to remove sniper rifle from Maidan

Another very suspicious episode:

В деле о расстреле «Небесной сотни» найдены новые фигуранты, состоящие на службе у хунты (ФОТО+ВИДЕО РАССЛЕДОВАНИЯ)

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Около года прошло с тех пор, когда весь мир содрогнулся от массовых расстрелов в Киеве во время смены власти в Украине. Но до сих пор не найдены убийцы «Небесной сотни».

И чем больше проходит времени, тем больше препятствий находит власть для объективного расследования. До сих пор неизвестно о хищении 190 уголовных дел из Шевченковского РОВД по потерпевшими и убитым на Майдане.

По свидетельству врачей, куда доставляли потерпевших — многие пули до сих пор не изъяты, а невостребованную одежду в крови сожгли. Но самое интересное, что среди массы прочего — упорно замалчивается история с винтовкой, которую помог вывезти народный депутат Сергей Пашинский. О ней все не просто забыли. Это стало табу. Словно ничего и не было.

 

Сегодня нужно восстановить все детали этого события, так как история получила неожиданное развитие.

И так, 18 февраля около часа дня по ул. Институтской, у перекрестка с Крепостным переулком, между протестующими активистами и стоящими цепью силовиками возникает неизвестный мужчина в белой каске и лыжных очках. Он попадает в десятки камер мобильных телефонов и телеканалов, которые снимали происходящее.

Одежда привычная для протестующих того времени. При этом мужчина участвует в каких-либо действиях активистов, но его взгляды нацелены только в одну точку, где припаркован автомобиль HONDA у дома № 24/7 по ул. Институтской.

Через некоторое время мужчина в белой каске садится в автомобиль HONDA темно-синего цвета с госномером АА4774СО и уезжает по направлению дома № 28 — в толпу, где его останавливают протестующие.

 

При попытке осмотреть машину мужчина сильно нервничает, у него проверяют документы, но отпускают. А минутой позже останавливают вновь и под напором толпы автомобиль обыскивают, открывается багажник. В сумке багажного отделения Хонды АА4774С обнаруживается винтовка с глушителем и оптическим прицелом.

И тут же, вдруг, на месте происшествия оказывается один из лидеров оппозиции — Сергей Пашинский. Он буквально вырывает водителя «Хонды» из рук обескураженных протестующих.

Ничего не поясняя словами, а только одними жестами Пашинский усаживает каких-то людей в «Хонду», в машину садится новый водитель и старый водитель в белой каске, лыжных очках и медицинской маске — «Хонда», уезжает. На вопросы множества людей — «куда вы едете», ответов никто не дает, а авто с четырьмя неизвестными беспрепятственно уезжает.

Был момент, когда один из сопровождающих автомобиль HONDA АА4774С (его Сергей Пашинский усадил на левое заднее сидение) открыл окно авто, а затем и вышел из машины, ему сказали, по всей видимости, забрать документы на авто.

В суматохе не понятно, забрал ли он что-то у протестующих или нет, но в это время неизвестные в «Хонде» уже набирали скорость без вышедшего. Оставленному товарищу этой группы неизвестных лиц пришлось догонять автомобиль, в котором увозили винтовку с глушителем и оптическим прицелом.

 

До сих пор ничего неизвестно ни о тех людях, куда они поехали и кто были эти люди, стреляли ли из этой винтовки и главное — почему она оказалась в том районе, где позже массово расстреливали людей?

Во всей этой суете остается незамеченным один не приметный, но дающий ответы на многие вопросы момент. В то время, когда Сергей Пашинский пытается успокоить людей жестами и вывезти водителя в белой каске, за автомобилем находится молодой человек в темной куртке с желтым откинутым капюшоном.

Он очень внимательно наблюдает за происходящим. Уже через несколько секунд он обходит спереди автомобиль «Хонда», и садится на водительское сидение! Именно этот нюанс остается без надлежащего внимания. Всех интересует персона мужчины в белой каске, очках и медицинской маске, но никак не иные персонажи.

Сергею Пашинскому, вероятно, есть что скрывать?

Этот эпизод перед расстрелом «Небесной сотни» так и остался необъясненной тайны Пашинского, но сегодня мы начнем открывать эти секреты.

Почему до сих пор сотрудники МВД и СБУ, спустя год, не нашли людей, которые были в этом автомобиле и вывозили винтовку? И по сути — это те же люди, которые ее туда и привезли в правительственный квартал, напротив Майдана.

Все началось с звонка сослуживца Юрия Соболты. Он опознал в человеке с желтым капюшоном сотрудника спецподразделения «Барс» МВД Украины 2009–2010 год. Юрий ему запомнился, как человек любящий снайперское оружие, когда увидел его на кадрах очень удивился.

Понадобилось несколько дней, чтобы посредством социальных сетей и некоторых источников выяснить всю картину происходящего и выявить всех лиц, причастных к данной винтовке 18 февраля 2014 года на ул. Институтской.

 

Сегодня очень модно извещать обо всей деятельности МВД в «Фейсбуке». Один из тех, кто очень активно этим занимается — некий Юрий Соболта. Если присмотреться внимательно, то в нем можно с легкостью распознать того таинственного водителя в темной куртке с желтым откинутым капюшоном, который увозил компанию неизвестных лиц со снайперской винтовкой на «Хонде».

Кто же такой Юрий Соболта и что его связывает с Пашинским?

Оказывается очень много людей, политиков и активистов Майдана могли узнать человека, который вывозил оружие с Институтской, но этого никто не сделал.

Итак: Юрий Мирославович Соболта. Родился 2-го мая 1985 года в селе под Дрогобичем. В 2009–2010 годах проходил службу в воинской части № 3027. Это — спецподразделение «Барс». В подразделении безусловно есть снайперы, а дислоцируется в/ч в г. Ирпень, Киевской области.

Мы пока умалчиваем, когда и за что именно Юрий Соболта получил доверие в партии «Батькивщина» и о том, какие дела у него были на «гражданке» до службы в спецподразделении «Барс» — Юрий начал служить не в привычное время для юношей, не в 18–20 лет, а в 24 года.

Юрий Соболта был лично знаком с Александром Турчиновым и Николаем Томенко, Арсением Яценюком и Андреем Парубий. Многие журналисты знают его. Это подтверждают их совместные фотографии в социальных сетях. Как Вы думаете, эти люди не узнали Юрия Соболту? Вам не кажется это странным?

 

Сейчас Юрий Соболта находится на службе в МВД. И, судя по его фотографиям в Facebook, работает охранником или же личным адъютантом… у министра внутренних дел Арсена Авакова. Кстати того самого, который до сих пор не может раскрыть массовые расстрелы на Майдане и найти убийц.

Не правда ли — у сюжета невероятный поворот событий?

Ровно через месяц после своего назначения министром внутренних дел Арсен Аваков наградил Юрия Соболту нарезным пистолетом «Форт 1705» № 110448 с разрешением № 3625 от 28.03.2014. Чем же успел так выслужиться Юрий перед новым министром, что уже через месяц получил наградной пистолет и стал его личным охранником?

Выходит, что к событиям 18–20 го февраля 2014 года причастен и Арсен Аваков. Ведь его новый человек — Юрий Саболта 18 февраля с винтовкой в багажнике оказался там не случайно. Как и ряд других лиц, но о них мы напишем позже. Все лица из автомобиля опознаны, несмотря на их маски.
До определенного момента Саболта находился среди митингующих, «растворившись» в толпе, наблюдал за ситуацией.

Вполне допустимо, что он и его группа «особого реагирования» прибыли вместе с Пашинским. Все становится понятно, почему при формировании коалиции шли такие торги за должность министра внутренних дел. И почему Арсений Яценюк так неистово настаивал на кандидатуре Арсена Авакова. Понятно и то, что в объективном расследовании преступлений на Майдане нынешняя власть не заинтересована. Именно этот, наконец проясненный эпизод — тому доказательство.

Нашлись все, кто уехал в той «Хонде» с винтовкой, которой управлял Юрий Соболта и, как оказалось это не менее интересные люди.

Теперь мы понимаем, почему нет никакого реального расследования убийства «Небесной Сотни». Понимаем, почему люди, пришедшие к власти не смогли расследовать это чудовищное для страны преступление. Не смогли расследовать и эпизод с вывозом оружия. Потому что все находившиеся в машине имели непосредственное отношение к Турчинову, Авакову и Пашинскому.

Они сделали все, чтобы эта история забылась и те лица, которые были в авто остались неизвестными.

Спустя время мы понимаем то, что задумывали люди с винтовкой и оптикой, глушителем 18 февраля, через несколько дней, у них все же получилось…

Это не конец истории. Расследование продолжается и очень много фактов, свидетельств, видео и фотографий надо проанализировать.

Обращаюсь ко всем, кто что-то знает — помогите с расследованием, присылайте фотографии, видеоматериалы и все что Вы знаете. Преступление против своего собственного народа необходимо раскрыть несмотря — ни на что.

«Небесная Сотня» срока давности не имеет.

Юрий Соболта в Фейсбуке.
Фото из аккаунта Юрия Соболты.
Фото из аккаунта Юрия Соболты.
Станица в Wikipedia, спецподразделение НГ Украины МВД Украины "БАРС".

Demoralization of law enforcement

The Vineyard of the Saker First evidence of assault-rifle and sniper rifles use by government forces

20 February, 2014 23:37

Alexander Mercouris said...
Dear Saker,

I am afraid it is far too little and far too late.
21 February, 2014 00:37

Anonymous said...
Interesting and revealing interview with a major of Ukrainian internal police troops (these troops are used to secure government district along with the Berkut riot police. The major took his regiment out and they are in the process of leaving Kiev:
http://lenta.ru/articles/2014/02/20/major/

The interview is in russian. Hopefully, it can be understandable with google translate.

Although the guy is from western Ukraine, he does not sound like rabid nationalist. He sounds just like a tired and fed up commander who decided to save his men (who are conscripted 18-20 yr olds) after troops started to be shot at regularly yesterday.

His claim that they had no guns and riot police had only pump-action rubber bullet rifles until yesterday. He is also describing that during the last two days there was regular sniper fire that shot rioters in the back.


21 February, 2014 02:13
 

Anonymous said...

Interesting and revealing interview with a major of Ukrainian internal police troops (these troops are used to secure government district along with the Berkut riot police. The major took his regiment out and they are in the process of leaving Kiev:

http://lenta.ru/articles/2014/02/20/major/

The interview is in russian. Hopefully, it can be understandable with google translate.

Although the guy is from western Ukraine, he does not sound like rabid nationalist. He sounds just like a tired and fed up commander who decided to save his men (who are conscripted 18-20 yr olds) after troops started to be shot at regularly yesterday.

His claim that they had no guns and riot police had only pump-action rubber bullet rifles until yesterday. He is also describing that during the last two days there was regular sniper fire that shot rioters in the back.

 

Discussion of sniper shootings between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Catherine Ashton

Leaked tape of phone conversation between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Catherine Ashton -- High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union reveals strong suspicion by those two that snipers in Kiev were hired as provocateurs to shoot both protesters and police

Paet: “All the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among police men and people in the street, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides.”

Ashton: “Well that’s, yeah…”

Paet: “And she also showed me some photos and she said that has medical doctor, she can say that it is the same handwriting…”

Ashton: “Yeah…”

Paet: “Same type of bullets… and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that 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 Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition.”

Ashton: "I think they do want to investigate, and I didn’t know… pick that up – gosh."

Yakimenko Interview

[Mar 13, 2014] Yakimenko accuses EuroMaidan leaders of hiring snipers; allegations denounced by Katya Gorchinskaya

KyivPost

Former State Security Head of Ukraine Oleksandr Yakimenko blames Ukraine's current government for hiring snipers on Feb. 20, when dozens of people were killed and hundreds more wounded. The victims were mainly EuroMaidan Revolution demonstrations, but some police officers were also killed. This was the deadliest day during the EuroMaidan Revolution, a three-month uprising that claimed 100 lives.

Yakimenko also blamed the United States for organizing and financing the revolution by bringing illegal cash in using diplomatic mail.

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine dismissed the charges as ludicrous, while another official with the current government called the accusations "cynical" propaganda with no factual basis.

... ... ...

Yakimenko made these and other accusations in a 10-minute exclusive interview to Russia's Vesti channel in an undisclosed location.

"The shots sounded from the building of Philharmonics," Yakimenko told Vesti. "This was the building supervised by (now National Security Council Chief Andriy) Parubiy."

He said the snipers were shooting in the back of the running police, as well as at protesters. He said there were two groups of "well-dressed" snipers, each composed of 10 people, operating in the building. Yakimenko said their exit was witnessed by both SBU operatives and protesters themselves.

He said one of the groups of snipers disappeared, but the other one relocated to Hotel Ukraina and continued to kill the protesters at a slower pace. Yakimenko said at that point representatives of Svoboda and Right Sector appealed to him to deploy SBU's special unit Alfa to destroy the snipers.

Yakimenko claims that he was ready to do it, but did not get the permission of Parubiy, who supervised the self-defense forces.

"To get inside EuroMaidan I needed Parubiy's permission because the forces of self-defense would hit me in the back," Yakimenko said. "But Parubiy did not give me such a permission."

"Not a single weapon could get onto Maidan without Parubiy's permission," he said, adding that EuroMaidan protesters used mercenaries from former defense ministry's special units, as well as foreign mercenaries, including those from former Yugoslavia.

... ... ....

Yankimenko says that Parubiy, as well as a number of other organizers of EuroMaidan, received direct orders from the U.S. government. Among those people he named former and current intelligence chiefs Mykola Malomuzh and Viktor Gvozd, former Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko and leader of the opposition Petro Poroshenko.

"These are the forces that were doing everything they were told by the leaders and representatives of the United States," he says. "They, in essence lived in the U.S. embassy. There wasn't a day when they did not visit the embassy."

... ... ...

SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko is also accused of playing to the tune of the Americans. The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine commented on these accusations in just one word: "ludicrous."

All orders were given either by the U.S. or EU ambassador Jan Tombinski, "who in essence is a Polish citizen."

"The role of Poland cannot be underestimated," Yakimenko said. "It dreams about restoring its old wish, Rzeczpospolita."

The EU Delegation had no comment about the accusations.

The former SBU chief also talked at length about the financing of EuroMaidan protests, saying much of it came directly from the U.S., and that some Ukrainian oligarchs, including Poroshenko, Dmytro Firtash and Viktor Pinchuk.

"From the beginning of Maidan we as a special service noticed a significant increase of diplomatic cargo to various embassies, western embassies located in Ukraine," says Yakimenko. "It was tens of times greater than usual diplomatic cargo supplies." He says that right after such shipments crisp, new U.S. dollar bills were spotted on Maidan.

He said Ukraine's oligarchs were also financing Maidan because they were "hostages of the situation and had no choice" because most of their assets are located in the west.

German journalists investigation

German journalists make their own investigation of events

Video in hoher Auflösung

Bericht: Stephan Stuchlik, Olga Sviridenko, Philipp Jahn

For a few weeks journalists of the German television channel ARD tried to investigate the events. And their findings completely contradict version of the junta Attorney General. For example they interviewed a Maidan activist, someone called Mykola. He says he also took part in the assault on Instytutska street. And well see that his comrades were shot several times from behind.

"On Feb 20 were we were shot from the hotel " Ukraine ", the eighth or ninth floor . They were mercenaries . In any case - professionals " - said the radical.

During those events the hotel "Ukraine" was in full control of the protesters. And get into the building could only with their consent . Several rooms were rented by foreign reporters . Video filmed by them documents with precision that demonstrators were hit from behind. That might be some even crossfire. From several points.

It was not that difficult to find the direct evidence. All inlets from bullets on the trees were still present on the Maidan. They point to Hotel Ukraine. And almost no one from Bankova street, which was defended by "Berkut" . Simple ballistics expertise with a laser pointer stubbornly points to the upper floors of the hotel "Ukraine" .

Conclusion of the Commission of Verchonaya Rada: It was not the soldiers of "Berkut" who fired at the protesters in Kiev

13 may 2014 | ВЗГЛЯД

At independence Sqare shootings there were four sniper of the structures controlled by the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili

During the tragic to the events of February in Kiev at the protesters fired not fighters of special division "Berkut", reads the statement of the temporary investigative Commission of the Verkhovna Rada on the results of the studies used by the snipers ammunition cartridges and bullets.

According to the head of the Commission Gennady Moskal, firing at the demonstrators could be performed by representatives of the out of control public organizations. Without elaborating on what institutions are, Moskal said that "the first shot was made at the police", reports ITAR-TASS.

"Anyone could join the ranks of the protest movement under the guise of struggle against the current authorities," he said. According to him, it does not exclude the version that shooters can be officers of the Security Service of Ukraine or the Ministry of Internal Affairs and their supporters, posing as activists.

The Commission was established to investigate illegal actions of law enforcement and of individual officers during the events related to mass actions of social and political protest that took place in Ukraine from 21 November 2013. No one has claimed responsibility for the deaths of the protesters and law-enforcers, whose number exceeded 100 people. More than half of them were killed on the morning of February 20 on Independence square and the street of the Institute.

Recall, who seized power in Kiev accused of shooting at protesters fighters police special forces Berkut. As they say in Kiev, order sniping gave the President Yanukovych, and to perform the operation helped the Russian special services. Russia denies involvement in these events and question the conclusions of the Ukrainian authorities.

In early March, a taped conversation of the Supreme Commissioner of EU on foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, with foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Paet was released . The latter said that the protesters and police were killed the same snipers, and it would be profitable for the opposition, not to the authorities.

In early April at the "Dynamo" stadium in Kiev was found a bullet, similar to the one that murdered the first victims of the Maidan. There is no such bullets in standard weapons arsenal of "Berkut". This finding became another argument in favor of the version that the murders on the Maidan including murders of Maidan protesters were performed by the same people who organized the Maidan.

Finally, mass media disseminated a statement of the Georgian officer, former commander of the battalion "Avaza" Tristan, Tsitelashvili, who said that at the square there were four sniper of the structures controlled by the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. Moreover, the curator of the group, according to the officer, could be Givi Targamadze - Georgian MP, well-known in Russia as the defendant in the trial about events on Bolotnays".

Personalities possibly involved

We probably never know who ordered the shooting. There is direct evidence about Pashinski involvement in removal one sniper rifle from Maidan (see below) . There is indirect evidence against Avakov as the driver of the car that removed the rifle was later awarded by Avakov with a gun. Indirect evidence exists also about  Andriy Parubiy (Leaked Telephone Conversation Ukraine Sniper Killings of “Opposition Protesters” Ordered by “Opposition Leaders”, Blamed on Yanukovich)

Members of the Coalition Government Were Behind the Sniper Killings?

It should be noted that at least two of the main Neo-Nazi Maidan paramilitary leaders who in all probability were directly or indirectly involved in the sniper killings now occupy positions of authority in the new government, overseeing the armed forces, police, and the prosecutor’s office.

Andriy Parubiy co-founder of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine (subsequently renamed Svoboda) who now heads the powerful National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU) was one of the man leaders of the Maidan riots. He was referred to by the Western media as the “kommandant” of the EuroMaidan movement.

Andriy Parubiy together with party leader Oleh Tyahnybok is a follower of Ukrainian Nazi Stepan Bandera, who collaborated in the mass murderer of Jews and Poles during World War II.

Another key leader of EuroMaidan was Dmytro Yarosh, who currently leads the Right Sector delegation in the parliament. He was appointed deputy Secretary of the RNBOU, which overseas the armed Forces, police,National Security and intelligence.

Yarosh was the leader of the Brown Shirt Neo-Nazi paramilitary during the EuroMaidan riots.

Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov

Has criminal or semi-criminal past. He was arrested and was for some time in detention in Frosinone (Italy) late March 2012. An Italian court placed Avakov under house arrest as a preventive measure on 12 April 2012. Member of Batkicshchina Party (like Yats and Trupchinov). Like many other in junta, he was a player in the completely criminal wave of first  privatizations. Pathological liar.  Intercepted phone call made him one of suspects in attempt on life on Kharkov major Gennady Kernes WSJ Kharkiv Mayor at death’s door after shooting - Crash Magazine Online

Officials said Kernes had made a public statement that he was being subjected to “political persecution”, adding that Arsen Avakov, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, was linked to threats against Kernes and the attack on him.

His career of Interior Minister was marked by series of blunders including disbanding of Berkut.

Elite riot police disbanded

Earlier Wednesday, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced that a riot police force used against anti-government protesters in Ukraine had been disbanded.

Demonstrators accused the elite Berkut force, deployed by the government of Yanukovych to quell recent protests, of using excessive force.

Avakov said on his Facebook page that he'd signed the order disbanding the force Tuesday.

But the new, pro-Russian mayor of Sevastopol said Tuesday night at a rally in the city that he had secured funding to keep paying Berkut riot police there even after the force was disbanded.

The mayor, Alexej Chaliy, was elected in an unofficial local vote, but the interim authorities in Kiev have said he is not a legitimate leader.

Last week, the bloody street clashes between demonstrators and security forces left more than 80 dead, the deadliest violence in the country since it gained independence when the Soviet Union collapsed 22 years ago.

Russia, which backed Yanukovych, contends that the President was driven out by an "armed mutiny" of extremists and terrorists. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, but his whereabouts remain unknown.

Wikipedia

Arsen Avakov was born on January 2, 1964 in Kirov town (Kirovskiy district which is now Binagadinskiy district) of Baku (Azerbaijan) into a military family and is of Armenian origin.

Since 1966 Avakov has been permanently residing in Ukraine.

From 1981 to 1982 Arsen Avakov worked as a laboratory assistant at the Chair for Automated Control Systems in Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute.

In 1988 he graduated from Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute as a systems engineer with a major in automated control systems.

In 1987—1990 Avakov was employed by All-Union Scientific-Research Institute on Water Protection (Kharkiv) as an engineer.

In 1990 Arsen Avakov founded and headed “Investor” JSC, аnd “Basis” Commercial Bank later in 1992.

In 2002 Avakov was elected a Member of the Executive Committee of Kharkiv City Council.

On February 4, 2005 by the Decree of the President of Ukraine Arsen Avakov was appointed the Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration [ and resigned from the position of the Head of “Investor” JSC and “Basis” Commercial Bank Supervisory Board.

On March 26, 2006 he was elected a Deputy of Kharkiv Regional Council of the 6th convocation, a member of the Standing Committee on Budgetary Issues.

On October 31, 2010 Arsen Avakov was elected a Deputy of Kharkiv Regional Council of the 6th convocation, a member of the Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Historical Heritage, Intellectual Wealth and National Minorities.

On February 9, 2010 he resigned pursuant to Part 3 of Article 31 of The Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service”: “Principled disagreement with decisions made by the public body or an official thereof, and ethical reasons preventing continuation of civil service”.

On February 1, 2010 Avakov withdrew from “Our Ukraine” political party headed by the President Viktor Yushchenko. At the close of his term of office in Kharkiv Regional State Administration Avakov issued a detailed Summary Report.

On April 21, 2010 Arsen Avakov joined “Batkivshchyna” party and accepted the offer of Yulia Tymoshenko to lead the regional organization of “Batkivshchyna” political party (Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko).

Avakov was charged on 31 January 2012 with illegally transferring land and he was put on the international wanted list of Interpol on 21 March 2012.[1] He was detention in Frosinone (Italy) late March 2012.[1] A Italian court placed Avakov under house arrest as a preventive measure on 12 April 2012.[2] After in October 2012 he was elected into the Ukrainian parliament he return to Ukraine on 11 December 2012.[1] On 10 December 2012, a Court ruling canceled Avakov's restriction measure in the form of detention and a warranty for Avakov'a arrest, as Avakov was elected as a people's deputy.[3] Avakov returned to Ukraine the next day.[3]

Avakov published 12 scientific papers, one monograph and a number of essays on political and social issues. He is married and has a son named Oleksandr.

Arsen Avakov is a member of “Batkivshchyna” political party.

During the presidential electoral campaign in Ukraine in 2004 Arsen Avakov was the Deputy Head of Kharkiv Regional Headquarters of V. А. Yushchenko, a presidential candidate, and the First Deputy Head of “The National Salvation Committee” in Kharkiv Region.

From February 4, 2005 till February 9, 2010 he was the Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration,[3] Deputy of Kharkiv Regional Council of the 5th and 6th convocations; a member of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine from May 5, 2007 through January 21, 2008, Organizing Committee on the Preparation to Hold Euro 2012 in Ukraine from April 24 till May 8, 2007, National Council on Interaction between Government Authorities and Local Self-Government Bodies. He is Honored Economist of Ukraine.

In March 2005 Arsen Avakov was elected into the Council of “Our Ukraine” People’s Union” Party, a member of the Party Presidium.

On February 1, 2010 he withdrew from “Our Ukraine” political party headed by the President Viktor Yushchenko.

On April 21, 2010 Arsen Avakov joined the “Batkivshchyna” party and accepted the offer of Yulia Tymoshenko to lead the regional organization of “Batkivshchyna” political party.

Avakov ran for mayor of Kharkiv in the 2010 Ukraine local elections on 31 October 2010.[1] He took second place, losing to the winner of the mayoral election, Hennadiy Kernes, by a margin of 0.63%.[1]

In 2012 he was elected into the Ukrainian parliament on the party list of "Fatherland" (number 24 on this list).[1][4][5]

Acting Ukrainian Security Council chief Andriy Parubiy

Wikipedia.

Andriy Volodymyrovych Parubiy (Ukrainian: Андрій Володимирович Парубій) is a Ukrainian politician[2] and the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, appointed after leading the anti-government riots in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.[3] His deputy is Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh.[4]

In the years leading up to the Ukrainian independence in 1991 Parubiy was an active activist for this independence, being arrested for holding an illegal rally in 1988.[2] In 1991 he founded the Social-National Party of Ukraine together with Oleh Tyahnybok; the party combined radical nationalism and some neo-Nazi features.[5][6][2] Parubiy co-led the Orange Revolution in 2004.[2][7] In the 2007 parliamentary elections he was elected into the Ukrainian parliament on an Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc ticket.[2] He then became a member of the deputy group that would later become For Ukraine!.[2] Parubiy stayed with Our Ukraine and became a member of its Political Council.[8]

In February 2010 Parubiy had asked the European Parliament to reconsider its negative reaction to former Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko's decision to award Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, the title of Hero of Ukraine.[9]

Early February 2012 Parubiy left Our Ukraine because their "views diverged".[10] In 2012 he was re-elected into parliament on the party list of "Fatherland".[11]

In 2013–14 Parubiy was a commandant of the Euromaidan.[12] He was coordinator of the volunteer security corps for the mainstream protesters.[13]

Acting Head of SBU Valentyn Nalyvaichenko

Please note recent Kievpost info about him: Head of Ukraine's SBU provided Ukrainian special service officials' personal files to CIA

Valentyn Nalyvaichenko. aka "American's Valik"

Valentyn Oleksandrovych Nalyvaichenko (Ukrainian: Валти́н Олекса́ндрович Налива́йчко) (born 8 June 1966; Zaporizhia)[3] is a Ukrainian diplomat, politician and statesman. On 24 February 2014, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) appointed Nalyvaichenko the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine.[4]

Nalyvaichenko started working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994 and was appointed deputy minister in 2004 and ambassador to Belarus in December 2005.[3][5] In May 2006, he left that position to become the first deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine.[6] In December 2006, Nalyvaichenko became acting head of the SBU following Ihor Drizhchany's dismissal by parliament.[6] He kept this temporary position due to political deadlock but was finally confirmed as head of the SBU in March 2009.[6][7] In March 2010, following the defeat of Viktor Yushchenko in the presidential election, Nalyvaichenko was replaced by Valeriy Khoroshkovsky. In September 2010, Nalyvaichenko was chosen to replace Vira Ulianchenko as the Chairman of the Political Council of Our Ukraine.[8]

Nalyvaichenko was placed at number 3 on the electoral list of UDAR during the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[9] He was elected into parliament.[10]

Starting from June 2006 Nalyvaichenko worked in the field of national security. In June 2006 he was appointed the First Deputy of the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), and the Head of the Anti-Terrorist Center.

Starting from December 2006 and until March 2010 Nalyvaichenko was appointed Head of the Security Service of Ukraine. He also served on the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine.

He immediately initiated fundamental reforms to establish state-of-the art European security service, by, first of all, reviewing its key functions and eliminating “the totalitarian legacy” of the Soviet KGB.

De-politization and de-militarization of the Ukrainian security service became key priorities for his reforms, as well as focus on protecting interests of ordinary citizens of Ukraine. He also focused on fighting corruption, combating terrorism, drug and people trafficking, illegal sales of weapons. Nalyvaichenko introduced mechanisms of democratic civil control over activities of the SBU.

The State Secret Service under Nalyvaichenko took leadership in promoting and implementing the Euro-Atlantic strategy of Ukraine. He initiated a joint Working Group “Ukraine-NATO” on military reform.

Nalyvaichenko initiated unprecedented efforts aimed at restoring historical memory that resulted in declassifying and digitalization of archives of the SBU, and making them available to public. He created special research centers to discover, declassify and release documents related to different periods of modern Ukrainian history, including tragic times of Holodomor (Ukrainian Famine) of 1932-33, Stalin repressions, WWII, Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), repressions against Ukrainian intelligenzia and patriots of the 60-s, 70-s, and 80-s. For the first time in the history of independent Ukraine people could have access to actual cases and files of their prosecuted family members and friends.

Nalyvaichenko transferred some of the former KGB property, i.e. administrative building of the SBU Department in Lviv Oblast, back to the community. It was later opened to public and turned into the National Museum-Memorial of Victims of the Occupation Regimes.

In 2009 Nalyvaichenko officially stated that documents from the SBU archives contained indisputable and conclusive evidence that Holodomor of 1932-33 in Ukraine was organized and orchestrated by the totalitarian Stalinist regime, and therefore was a Genocide against people of Ukraine. On June 22, 2009, the State Security Service of Ukraine opened a criminal case on the grounds of Paragraph 1 of Article 442 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine “in relation to the genocide in Ukraine in 1932-33” that killed millions of innocent people.

In a ruling on 13 January 2010 Kiev’s Court of Appeals found Joseph Stalin and other Bolshevik leaders: Vyacheslav Molotov, Lazar Kaganovich, Pavel Postyshev, Stanislav Kosior, Vlas Chubar and Mendel Khatayevich guilty of "organizing genocide of a Ukrainian ethnic group".[11] According to the UN Convention from November 26, 1968, this crime is not subject to statute of limitations. This decision became effective on January 21, 2010.

In May 2010, he announced the beginning of a public initiative called «Onovlennya Krainy» (Renewal of the Country).

In September 2010 he joined Our Ukraine party and became Chairman of the Political Council of the party. On May 24, 2012 he resigned as Chairman of the Political Council and left the party.

Supporting principles and political platform of UDAR (Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms) of Vitaliy Klitchko, on August 1, 2012 he joined his political party. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko was elected Member of Parliament of Ukraine in October 2012 from of UDAR; he was # 3 on UDAR party list.[9][10]

On 22 February 2014, just after the "Maidan revolution",[12] the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) appointed Nalyvaichenko (with the support of 333 of the 450 MPs[4]) its Commissioner in charge of supervision over the Security Service of Ukraine.[4]

 

YouTube collection of video documents

There are many videos about this event on Youtube. Here are some of them:


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[Jan 02, 2019] The snipers that executed the Maidan massacre in Kiev have come forward and have made sworn testimony

Jan 02, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

oldenyoung , Feb 21, 2018 9:17:01 AM | link

Off topic...but of interest to many here at MoA....The snipers that executed the Maidan massacre in Kiev have come forward and have made sworn testimony///

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/02/20/shocking-new-evidence-maidan-snipers-confess-they-were-under-orders-from-coup-leaders-to-shoot-police-and-protesters/

I have not verified any of this story...so, use your own best judgement

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OY

Ps sounds like Sputnik it trying to chase this down and get it verified...

oldenyoung , Feb 21, 2018 9:27:55 AM | link
And here is the Sputnik story...

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201802201061840515-maidan-snipers-testimony-detailed-crucial/

regards

Peter AU 1 , Feb 21, 2018 10:41:51 AM | link
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https://sputniknews.com/europe/201802151061669056-georgian-snipers-maidan-evidence
"Adding a new twist to the story about the 2014 Maidan shootings, a Sputnik correspondent has met with the purported snipers. The agency has obtained the records of interrogation of Koba Nergadze and Aleksandre Revazishvili. Both Georgian nationals, they are ready to testify in a Ukrainian court."
Oui , Feb 21, 2018 2:52:52 PM | link
It was a matter of time when the participants in the Maidan Massacre would surface the coup d'état didn't stop the carnage of Ukrainians nor corruption of people in power. The witness accounts were described in the hours as the events unfolded. Only the faces were not known ...

How the Events of Sniper Fire In Instytutska Street Unfolded

Maidan Massacre Bombshell: #Georgian snipers reportedly confess to massacring along with Lithuanian snipers both #Police and #maidan protesters in #Ukraine in Italian #documentary just broadcast by most popular #Italian #TV channel [h/t Ivan Katchanovski]

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Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev

[Aug 17, 2018] US Staged a Coup in Ukraine - Here's Why and How -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net

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Fri, 17 Aug 2018 20:42 UTC maidan protests gun Save What's the official narrative about the events in late 2013 and early 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine? There was a spontaneous and peaceful Euromaidan "revolution" by freedom-loving people, who forced the corrupt Ukrainian President to flee the country, right? Not so simple. There are many intriguing facts about geopolitics, 70 years of U.S. meddling in Ukraine, and covert regime-change operations that need to added to the mix.

US Meddling

First, objectively speaking, it's curious that a US Senator (John McCain) and the US Assistant Secretary of State (Victoria Nuland) repeatedly attended political protests in another country. Oh, Nuland is also the wife of a prominent warmongering Neocon, Robert Kagan; and she's also the one who famously said , "F*ck the EU" while discussing the future of Ukraine.

In the picture below, McCain is standing on the stage next to Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of the far-right group called Svoboda, which uses a not-so-subtle logo that combines "N" and "Z." Get it?
McCain Nuland Kiev Save Imagine if Russian or Chinese officials were performing similar stunts at anti-US rallies in Mexico!

Victoria Nuland also admitted during a speech in 2014 that the US had spent $5 BILLION since the 1990s to spread "democracy" in Ukraine. (Here's the link to a 1-min video of her speech).

Soros, NED, McFaul

Many people roll their eyes when they hear "George Soros" and think of conspiracy theories. But Soros' own group - IRF or International Renaissance Foundation - admits in its 2015 annual report that it spent more than $180 MILLION in Ukraine since 1990.
International renaissance foundation Save NED or National Endowment for Democracy is a US taxpayer-funded group that specializes in ... ahem ... regime change. It's chief, Carl Gershman, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed in 2013 (just before the protests) that "Ukraine is the biggest prize."

Michael McFaul - US Ambassador to Russia, 2012-2014 - wrote an op-ed in the WaPo in 2004 where he asked, "Did Americans meddle in the internal affairs of Ukraine?" Then he answered it, "Yes."

Why did McFaul write the article? Because in 2004 , Soros and other NGOs fomented the 'Orange Revolution' in Ukraine. Basically, the election was won by a pro-Russia guy, so Soros and co. helped to organize protests and demand a new election. Then, a month later, the pro-US guy won the new election with 52% of the votes. Democracy, America-style.

BTW, that guy - Yanukovych - who lost the election in 2004 ... ran again in 2010 and won fair and square.

History Rhymes

If you go back in history, you will see that the CIA worked with Neo-Nazis(!) and ultra-nationalists in Ukraine for decades, starting right after World War II. Declassified CIA documents describe Project Aerodynamic in the 1950s and '60s that recruited Ukrainian nationalists - including Nazis and war criminals such as Mykola Lebed who was accused of killing tens of thousands of Poles and Jews - to work against the USSR.
project aerodynamic Save So, now hopefully you can clearly see the pattern and that Ukraine is really of special importance to the US. But why? Well, have you heard of Brzezinski, the geopolitical expert who influenced US foreign policy for 40 years? He came up with the idea of Mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the USSR, created Al Qaeda, and then repeated the same strategy of using Islamic terrorists in the Balkans, the Caucasus, Libya and Syria.
Brzezinski Afghanistan terrorists Save Brzezinski explained in his 1997 book , The Grand Chessboard, that "Ukraine is a geopolitical pivot. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire." He also said that Ukraine must be brought into NATO by 2010.

Protests and Violence

In 2013, Soros, NED and other NGO's riled up some ordinary people in Kyiv. (BTW, outside Kiev, there were no protests. In many parts of Ukraine, people are very pro-Russia and were happy with President Yanukovych).

Then Neo-Nazi thugs acted as provocateurs and attacked the police with metal bars, chains, fire-bombs, guns and grenades.
Euromaidan protestors Save Neonazis Ukraine Save The Ukrainian government's links to Neo-Nazis are never openly admitted in the US, but this is the reason why Congress refused to pass a bill that banned funding of Neo-Nazi groups! For fun reading on the far-right extremists in Ukraine, do some research on "Svoboda", "Stepan Bandera" and "Azov Battalion."

False Flag Sniper Attack

In a secretly recorded phone call in 2014, Estonia's foreign minister revealed three shocking facts about the Maidan murders:

(Here's the link to an excerpt from the phone call).

A couple of years later, in an Italian documentary called "The Hidden Truth About Ukraine," some men from the Republic of Georgia came forward and admitted that they were used as snipers in Kiev. As I describe in detail in my book , similar false flag sniper attacks were also used in Libya and Syria to foment regime change.

In summary, to advance misguided geopolitical goals, US/EU officials engineered protests and chaos, and drove a democratically elected president out of the country. Then, without an election, new oligarchs - a billionaire and an IMF guy - were handpicked by the West to become the President and the Prime Minister of Ukraine! Democracy in action!

Conclusion

That's the basic truth about the coup in Ukraine, and it hasn't benefited anyone other than the warmongers. Ukraine is split in two and stuck in a frozen civil war; its debt-to-GDP ratio has doubled since the US-backed coup; pensions, social services and minimum wages ($140 a month) have been slashed and the people are still ruled by corrupt oligarchs. The US regime change ops also ignited a chain reaction of needless hostility, hysterical Russophobia and crippling sanctions. The EU has lost more than $100 billion in trade with Russia in the last four years; and the US has pushed Russia deep into China's orbit. Just like the neocon adventures in Iraq and Syria, the meddling in Ukraine will go down as another disastrous and reckless chapter in the sordid history of US foreign policy.

[Jul 12, 2018] Challenging Chait s Paradigm by Hunter DeRensis

Jul 12, 2018 | www.unz.com

But to not only ignore the February 2014 coup in Ukraine that initiated recent hostilities between the U.S. and Russia, but to also put the blame on the latter's "aggressive behavior," is at best laughable and at worst dishonest. In February of 2014 the democratically elected government of Ukraine was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United States government, an event Chait and his peers do their best to forget . Russia's subsequent annexation of the Crimean Peninsula (containing the Russian naval base at Sevastopol) was a wholly reactive measure. To say the recent estrangement was triggered by anything else than western aggressive behavior is factually inaccurate.

Quartermaster , July 12, 2018 at 12:48 pm GMT

But to not only ignore the February 2014 coup in Ukraine that initiated recent hostilities between the U.S. and Russia, but to also put the blame on the latter's "aggressive behavior," is at best laughable and at worst dishonest.

You lost me at that point. There was no coup in 2014. That's simply a Putinist lie. Yanukovich ran when he was going to be brought to book for the murders he ordered on the Maidan. He was interviewed last year and was completely evasive when it came to questions about the killings he ordered. He's now a fugitive from justice and was righteously removed from office when he ran for asylum in Russia.

It's long past time for idiots like yourself to get the facts and quit parroting Putin's lies.

hyperbola , Next New Comment July 12, 2018 at 6:21 pm GMT
@Quartermaster

Why I Quit the Democratic Party Yesterday

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-I-Quit-the-Democratic-by-Eric-Zuesse-Congress-Democrats_Congress-Republican-GOP_Democracy_Democrats-DNC-140815-725.html

I left the Democratic Party yesterday, because I cannot support the first American President who ever installed anywhere in the world a nazi regime -- it has never happened before, not even under a Republican President; and, until Obama, I had always assumed that if it ever would happen, it could come only under a Republican President, never under any Democratic one. But I was wrong -- mortifyingly wrong -- because Barack Obama did this in Ukraine (see here and here for the evidence); he is the first-ever U.S. President to install a nazi regime anywhere, and so I wrote to my Representative seeking Obama's impeachment by the Democrats in Congress; and, yesterday, that person, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, told me that, notwithstanding Barack Obama's having unquestionably done this, this Democratic Representative will not introduce on the floor of the U.S. House (which is the only place where a bill of impeachment can be introduced) a bill of impeachment against this -- what is the appropriate term for such a person, if not a -- nazi U.S. President. (That's nazi as an ideology, racist fascist, not as a party designation, which is merely a party's name.) Simply because Obama calls himself a 'Democrat,' that Representative in the House will not introduce a bill to impeach him. There was no argument on the facts; the facts weren't at issue here at all; it's just that Obama calls himself a 'Democrat.' That's all ..

Ukraine's Pres. Poroshenko Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was a Coup

http://washingtonsblog.com/2015/06/ukraines-pres-poroshenko-says-overthrow-of-yanukovych-was-a-coup.html

Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess

http://washingtonsblog.com/2017/11/participants-2014-ukrainian-cup-confess.html

.. The Italian newspaper Il Giornale, and Italian Mediaset Matrix TV, Chanel 5, issued, on November 15th, confessions by a few of the snipers who on 20 February 2014 fired down into the crowd of "Maidan" demonstrators and police, in order "to sow chaos," as they say that they had been instructed to do.

The Georgian mercenary Alexander Revazishvilli said: "Everyone started shooting two or three shots at a time. It went on for fifteen, twenty minutes. We had no choice. We were ordered to shoot both on the police and the demonstrators, without any difference." This account is entirely consistent with the leaked phone-conversation on 26 February 2014 in which Urmas Paet, the investigator whom the EU had assigned to determine whom to blame for the snipers and their massive bloodshed during the overthrow, informed the EU's Foreign Affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, that the anti-Yanukovych, pro-U.S. and pro-EU side, were to blame, and that Paet had just been informed of this by Petro Poroshenko (who shortly thereafter became elected as Ukraine's figurehead President). Paet said: ..

Oliver Stone Exposes US Coup d'etat In Ukraine

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/01/17/oliver-stone-exposes-us-coup-detat-ukraine/

How and Why the US Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine

https://countercurrents.org/2018/06/04/how-and-why-the-u-s-government-perpetrated-the-2014-coup-in-ukraine/

[May 24, 2018] That is one way of challenging the Western narrative about Ukraine and Crimea is through weighing up factual events, such as the CIA-backed false-flag sniper shootings of dozens of protesters in Kiev in February 2014.

May 24, 2018 | www.strategic-culture.org

Abe May 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm "Washington has shifted from tacit acceptance to an openly complicit policy in Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory, an annexation which has been going on for seven decades since the inception of the Israeli state in 1948. The now de facto American approval of the annexation of all Jerusalem marked by the opening of the US embassy is the culmination of 70 years of Israeli expansion and occupation.

"Meanwhile, Putin's unveiling this week of the bridge linking southern Russian mainland to the Crimea Peninsula is a timely reminder of the brazen hypocrisy of American and European states.

"Since Crimea voted in a referendum in March 2014 to rejoin its historic homeland of Russia, Washington and its allies have continually complained about Moscow's alleged 'annexation' of the Black Sea peninsula.

"Never mind that the Crimean people were prompted to hold their accession referendum following a bloody coup in Ukraine against an elected government by CIA-backed Neo-Nazis in February 2014. The people of Crimea voted in a peacefully constituted referendum to secede from Ukraine to join Russia, which it was historically a part of until 1954 when the Soviet Union arbitrarily assigned Crimea to the jurisdiction of the Soviet Republic of Ukraine.

"For the past four years, Western governments, their corporate news media and think-tanks, as well as the US-led NATO military alliance, have mounted an intense anti-Russian campaign of economic sanctions, denigration and offensive posturing all on the back of dubious claims that Russia 'annexed' Crimea.

"Relations between the US and the European Union towards Russia have descended into the freezer of a new and potentially catastrophic Cold War, supposedly motivated by the principle that Moscow had violated international law and changed borders by force. Russia's alleged 'annexation' of Crimea is cited as a sign of Moscow threatening Europe with expansionist aggression. Putin has been vilified as a 'new Hitler' or 'new Stalin' depending on your historical illiteracy.

"This Western distortion about the events that occurred in Ukraine during 2014, and subsequently, can be easily disputed with hard facts as a blatant falsification to conceal what was actually illegal interference by Washington and its European allies in the sovereign affairs of the Ukraine. In short, Western interference was about regime change; with the objective of destabilizing Moscow and projecting NATO force on Russia's borders.

:That is one way of challenging the Western narrative about Ukraine and Crimea. Through weighing up factual events, such as the CIA-backed false-flag sniper shootings of dozens of protesters in Kiev in February 2014. Or the ongoing Western-backed military offensive by Kiev's Neo-Nazi forces against the breakaway republics of Donbas in Eastern Ukraine.

"Another way is to ascertain the integrity of supposed Western legal principle about the general practice of annexation of territory.

"From listening to the incessant public consternation expressed by Western governments and media about Russia's alleged annexation of Crimea, one might think that the putative expropriation of territory is a most grievous violation of international law. Oh how chivalrous, one might think, are Washington and the Europeans in their defense of territorial sovereignty, judging by their seeming righteous repudiation of 'annexation'.

"However, this week's grotesque opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem accompanied by the massacre of protesting unarmed Palestinians shows that Western professed concerns about 'annexation' are nothing but a diabolical sham. In seven decades of expanding illegal occupation of Palestinian territory by the Israelis, Washington and the Europeans have enacted no opposition.

"But when it comes to Crimea, even though their case is not valid, the Western powers never stop hand-wringing about Russia's 'annexation' as if it was the biggest crime in modern history.

"Worse than hypocrisy, the US and European Union have been silently complicit in allowing Israel to continue annexing more and more Palestinian territory despite the stark violation of international law. Periodic massacres and whole populations held under brutal military siege in the Gaza Strip and West Bank have never registered any effective opposition from Western powers."

Gaza Massacre Exposes Western Hypocrisy on Russia's 'Annexation' of Crimea
By Finian Cunningham
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/05/18/gaza-massacre-exposes-western-hypocrisy-russia-annexation-crimea.html

[Apr 05, 2018] Sic Semper Tyrannis RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 5 APRIL 2018 (Patrick Armstrong)

Apr 05, 2018 | turcopolier.typepad.com

UKRAINE. An American survey shows that the mood in Ukraine is bad and expecting worse . Well, that's one post-Maidan Ukraine expectation that will be fulfilled. Nadia Savchenko, a former Ukrainian hero, has been arrested in Ukraine on terrorism charges. She dares to suggest that the massacre was a false flag . (Read Ivan Katchanovski's paper : "This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas". Here are confessions by some of the snipers that your local news outlet has been too busy to tell you about.)

[Feb 17, 2018] Shocking New Evidence: Maidan snipers confess they were under orders from Coup leaders to shoot police AND protesters by Matfey Shaheen

Notable quotes:
"... "We were told to ensure order so that there were no drunks, to maintain discipline and identify rabble-rousers sent in by the authorities," the officer recounted. ..."
Feb 17, 2018 | theduran.com
Snipers Koba Nergadze and Alexander Revazishvili, who now fear for their lives, are even ready to confirm their stunning account below in a Ukrainian court.

A protestor points a gun during clashes with riot police in the centre of Kiev on January 22, 2014.

It was the shot unheard around the world – everyone knows the Ukraine Crisis began after the 2014 Maidan Coup, but few in the West know Russia didn't invade Ukraine, fewer still know of the mysterious snipers who rained down death from above those fateful days in Kiev.

The corporate media was quick to follow standard stenographers union protocol in line with modern western journalistic standards – so they of course immediately blamed Russia without any evidence. They claim Russian trained snipers were supporting the Ukrainian president by firing on protesters.

Those who actually in Kiev, and not only Russian media, but independent foreign media report a key fact: yes, the snipers fired on protesters, but also on security forces. Snipers were attacking both sides, adding fuel to the raging fires of bloody revolution that laid Kiev – the Mother of Russian Cities – again to ruin.

Now, thanks to Sputnik , we have finally identified the snipers, they were Georgian, and their accounts will shock you:

It is necessary to create chaos on the Maidan, using weapons against any targets, protesters and police – no difference" Said one of the ringleaders

According to Sputnik, snipers Koba Nergadze and Alexander Revazishvili, who now fear for their lives, are even ready to confirm their stunning account below in a Ukrainian court :

Sputnik has obtained copies of an official testimony that they gave to lawyers Alexander Goroshinsky and Stefan Reshko and also copies of air tickets confirming the arrival of Nergadze and Revazishvili to Kiev during the Maidan events .

To get really understand how we got here, we must go back to the beginning of sniper fire on Maidan, which is where the Sputnik report begins:

On February 20, 2014, unknown snipers shot at people gathered on Kiev's central Maidan square killing 49 protesters and four police officers. Local opposition leaders, as well as US and EU representatives, were quick to point a finger at the "regime of Viktor Yanukovych ." Still, an official investigation failed to produce any results with the culprits still at large.

A Sputnik correspondent has met with the purported snipers, all of them from Georgia. They insist that they were taking orders from Maidan leaders. Moreover, they had direct orders to fire at police officers AND protesters in order to enrage the crowd and provoke a political crisis.

from left to right: General Tristan Tsitelashvili, Alexander Revazishvili and Koba Nergadze

According to Sputnik, General Tristan Tsitelashvili , erstwhile commander of the Georgian Army's elite Avaza unit, was the first to expose the fact it was Georgian snipers were firing onto Maidan Square. The General lead troops during the August 2008 hostilities in Abkhazia, until he became a personal enemy of Mikhail Saakashvili, who tried to blame him for his own failures.

Saakashvili trying to eat his tie? Seriously, we couldn't make this up if we tried

Saakashvili is the infamous and stupendously incompetent Georgian president, turned Ukrainian opposition leader who just got deported to Poland by equally unpopular Ukrainian President Poroshenko. He's lucky he wasn't deported to Georgia, as he isn't exactly welcome in his home country either .

While many people have reasonable complaints against the former Georgian President, General Tsitelashvili's issue is far more personal. His home was raided by Saakashvili's forces who arrested the General, and critically injured his little son. Since 2008, the two had been sworn enemies, but Tsitelashvili can hardly be considered a friend of Russia, considering he fought for Georgia. This makes his incredible account all the more credible. Sputnik's report continues with a quote from the General:

I knew already in 2014 about people from Georgia who were present on Maidan square with specific orders to shoot. Some of them served under my command in the Georgian army. Some are still in Ukraine, fighting, others returned to Georgia. They took their time to speak out because they were afraid to. They are still afraid because they can simply be eliminated as unwanted witnesses!

One of those snipers who "knew too much" was Koba Nergadze, a carrier Georgian special forces operator. Sputnik spoke with him as well:

"We were fighting smugglers. The region was divided into zones controlled by Georgian and Ossetian businessmen. Conflicts occasionally flared up, including real firefights with the Ossetian military. Our brigade suffered 11 or 12 people killed, I can't say for sure. Overall, the Georgian army lost 45 people," Nergadze said.

After his 2006 departure from the regular army after, he joined the Georgen DEFMIN's Security Service, with the help of a peculiar friend.

This friend was Mamuka Mamulashvili, the commander of the "Georgian Legion" fighting in eastern Ukraine on Kiev's side. Once again, as with General Tsitelashvili, these aren't exactly Russia's friends, which makes their claims against Kiev all the more unbiased and believable .

"I first met him while in the army, at the birthday party of my friend Bezho," Koba added. "Officially, we also dealt with the protection of the rallies held in Tbilisi, to make sure that there would be no clashes between supporters and opponents of Saakashvili. In fact, we were tasked with suppressing opposition rallies and keeping an eye on the opposition," he admitted.

If necessary, by order of commanders, our service officers beat up opposition leaders. As a rule, we did this while wearing masks. People called us 'Sonderkommando.' Service members were usually tight-lipped about where they worked and what they did.

Sputnik further explains that:

The agents were divided into "tens." Nergadze was one of the foremen. Other foremen he knew are Georgy Saralidze, Merab Kikabidze and David Makiashvili. In his interview with Sputnik, Koba mentioned some of the "tariffs." He said that they were paid $1,000 for beating up an opposition MP.

In December 2013, Mamulashvili invited the "foremen" to a meeting and ordered them "to immediately go to Ukraine to help the protesters." Nergadze's group was allocated $10,000 with an additional $50,000 promised them upon their return.

They used other people's passports to reach their destination. Nergadze had a passport issued in the name of Georgy Karusanidze (born in 1977).

In Kiev, the group was accommodated on Ushinsky Street and each day, as if to work, they went to Maidan.

"We were told to ensure order so that there were no drunks, to maintain discipline and identify rabble-rousers sent in by the authorities," the officer recounted.

Nergazde celebrated New Year at Hotel Ukraina, which was already controlled by protesters.

The hotel Ukraiina provides the perfect vantage point for a Sniper, overlooking Maidan square. If a sniper were to fire from the hotel, into the violently rioting crowd, targeting both sides in the middle of the pandemonium, the fighting would quickly escalate, and the mass panic would help conceal the sniper's identity, position, and very existence.

The Hotel Ukraine is the large building on the top left

The report continues:

Alexander Revazishvili is another former Georgian military man, who arrived in Kiev in the midst of unrest. After serving in the Georgian army, he was an active member of "Free Zone" – an organization of Saakashvili's supporters. In his own words, he "infiltrated the oppositionists' ranks, inciting fights and engaging in other provocations." The organization was led by Koba Khabazi, who introduced Revazishvili to Mamulashvili. He took a great deal of interest in the ex-officer's military specialization as a sniper.

In mid-February, Revazishvili, Khabazi and four other representatives of the Free Zone arrived in Kiev on a UIA flight. They were accommodated at Vozduhoflotskaya Street before being moved to the city conservatory, which was already controlled by the opposition.

"The following day Mamulashvili brought us to Maidan and placed us in a tent set up on the square. Khabazi told us that our task was to provoke the protesters to attack. Our group, along with the protesters, attacked Berkut with stones and Molotov cocktails. Some people were bringing rocks; some were lining up Molotov cocktails, while others assaulted Berkut and the police. Revazishvili said.
https://youtu.be/T7k0MjODEQY

"Sergei Pashinsky Was Bringing the Arms"

Protesters fighting with police during Maidan, unaware snipers were targeting both sides

"On February 14 or 15, the group commanders – me, Kikabidze, Makiashvili, Saralidze, I do not remember the names of the others – were gathered in a suite on the third floor of Hotel Ukraina.

Among those present were Parubiy (Andrey Parubiy, right-wing Ukrainian politician, the "commandant of the Maidan" during the period of unrest in Kiev; since 2016 – Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada), and Pashinsky (Sergei Pashinsky, a notorious Ukrainian politician and businessman, a People's Deputy of Ukraine. – Ed.). 'We need to help our fraternal people, and soon we will have an assignment.' He gave no further clarification. By that time I had already seen hunting rifles and pistols, carried by the protesters," "Nergadze said.

Also taking part in the meeting was a certain Christopher Brian, who was presented as a former American soldier.
In the evening of February 19, Sergey Pashinsky and several unfamiliar guys with big bags returned to the hotel.

They took out SCS carbines, 7.62mm Kalashnikov assault rifles, an SVD rifle and a foreign-made carbine. Pashinsky explained to us that the weapons would be needed "for self-defense," but when I asked him from whom we were going to defend ourselves, he did not answer and left the room. Sputnik reports.

The next part of their story really proves what the goal of the snipers was to do. Apparently Mamulashvili mentioned some a "special task" to the snipers.

" It is necessary to create chaos on the Maidan, using weapons against any targets, protesters and police – no difference ." said Mamulashvili

He said that the money for the "business trip" would be paid once the "assignment" had been completed.

The account continues that:

Someone asked Mamulashvili in Georgian: "Where's Misha?" He answered: "With Porokh." Then they left. Sometime later, Pashinsky and several other men brought in a bag with weapons, mostly SCS carbines. Pashinsky himself was holding a Kalashnikov rifle with an open butt.

Among those present was Vladimir Parasyuk, the leader of one of the Maidan "hundreds," who subsequently commanded the 4th Company of the Dnepr Battalion and later became a People's Deputy of Ukraine.

Revazishvili went on to say:

Pashinsky asked me to help choose shooting positions. He said that Berkut [police commandos] could storm the Conservatory during the night and break up the protesters. At night, about 4 or 5 am, I heard gunshots.

I thought they were coming from the October Palace. Pashinsky jumped up, grabbed the walkie-talkie, and started yelling to cease fire, that it was not the right time. The shooting immediately stopped.

At about 7.30 am (maybe later) Pashinsky ordered everyone to get ready and open fire, taking two or three shots and immediately change position. The shooting continued for about 10-15 minutes. After that, we were ordered to drop weapons and leave the building.

Then he returned to Maidan. He heard that people were enraged; some believed that it was the Berkut shooting. Others, on the contrary, thought that it was the protesters who had fired the shots.

"I realized that this might end badly, that I was in a real fix, that people could tear me up right here if they only knew the truth. I went out to take a walk on Maidan. They I decided that it was time to fly out. I took a taxi to the airport," Revazishvili concluded.

Sputnik's report finishes with the words of

Early in the morning on February 20, at about 8, I heard the sound of gunshots coming from the conservatory; 3 or 4 minutes later, Mamulashvili's group opened fire from windows on the third floor of Hotel Ukraina. They were shooting in pairs. After each shot, they moved to another room and fired again. When it was all over, they told us to get out. That same day Bezho and I flew to Tbilisi.

The stunning report ends as follows:

The ex-officer of the Georgian army was never paid the money he was promised. Today, he fears revenge from his former "colleagues."

Koba Nergadze and Alexander Revazishvili are ready to confirm their words in a Ukrainian court. Sputnik has obtained copies of an official testimony that they gave to lawyers Alexander Goroshinsky and Stefan Reshko, who represent the interests of former members of the Berkut police commando unit. Sputnik also has copies of air tickets confirming the arrival of Nergadze and Revazishvili to Kiev during the Maidan events.

Those who follow alternative media are well aware of the existence of the snipers and the real story of Maidan, however now we finally may know who they are, and what they did. Moreover, seeing as Sputnik announced that in addition to their legal accounts, they can prove they were in Kiev during the Maidan coup. We are one step closer to learning more about how the Coup began, but are we any closer to an end to the war uncertain. This may have incredible implications in coming days, and if anything new arises, we will be sure to keep you informed.

[Jan 02, 2018] False flag attacks using sharpshooters as a standard instrument of color revolutions

Notable quotes:
"... Andrew Bacevich needs to study more deeply about Syrian history and politics, since his description of Syrian president Bashar Assad as a brutal dictator fits as a description of Bashar's father Hafez Assad but is inaccurate in relation to Bashar Assad, who seems to have a rather gentle personality and is actually one of the more benign leaders in the Middle East. ..."
"... Under that new constitution, in 2014 he ran in a free election observed by international observers against two other politicians and was reelected president. He has promised that if he loses the next election he will step down. ..."
"... Nevertheless Assad has been systematically demonized by the governments and MSM of the US, UK, and France, as well as by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Demonization is a technique that is often used to prepare the way for regime change, and it is not based on objective analysis. ..."
"... Similar tactics were used in Ukraine in February 2014 by ultranationalist Right Sector sharpshooters, who were seen shooting Maidan demonstrators. The deaths of the demonstrators were then blamed on the police. ..."
"... "'From the start the protest movements were not purely peaceful. From the start I saw armed demonstrators marching along in the protests, who began to shoot at the police first. Very often the violence of the security forces has been a reaction to the brutal violence of the armed rebels.' ..."
"... opposition is armed and frequently employs brutality and violence, only in order then to blame the government. ..."
"... For an objective overview of the context of the events of 2011 in Syria that led to the international war against the elected Syrian government, see Stephen Gowans, "The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn't." ..."
"... Also see Gowans' well-researched 2016 book 'Washington's Long War on Syria.' The US has been demonizing and trying to overthrow the Syrian government for several decades now, above all because it is the only remaining semi-socialist nation in the Middle East and has single-payer national health insurance, support for the elderly, and free college education for all. Assad is no saint, but he is one of the more democratic and forward-looking leaders in the Middle East today. ..."
Jan 02, 2018 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Gen Dau , , May 8, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Andrew Bacevich needs to study more deeply about Syrian history and politics, since his description of Syrian president Bashar Assad as a brutal dictator fits as a description of Bashar's father Hafez Assad but is inaccurate in relation to Bashar Assad, who seems to have a rather gentle personality and is actually one of the more benign leaders in the Middle East.

Bashar Assad had planned to be a doctor, and he studied medicine for two years in the UK before being ordered to return to Syria by his father after his elder brother died in an accident. Although there were some excesses by the police in 2011, Bashar Assad quickly relaxed some old security laws and pushed for a new democratic constitution, which was promulgated in 2012. Under that new constitution, in 2014 he ran in a free election observed by international observers against two other politicians and was reelected president. He has promised that if he loses the next election he will step down.

Nevertheless Assad has been systematically demonized by the governments and MSM of the US, UK, and France, as well as by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Demonization is a technique that is often used to prepare the way for regime change, and it is not based on objective analysis. Although Assad is often called a butcher who gasses his own people, experts such as Theodore Postol of MIT and others have shown that not a single allegation of gassing by the Syrian government under Assad has ever been proven. In addition, many of the excesses by the Syrian police against demonstrators in 2011 seem to have been initiated by armed members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda in Syria, who quickly infiltrated the demonstrations.

There have even been allegations that jihadi sharpshooters on rooftops shot demonstrators in false-flag attacks.

Similar tactics were used in Ukraine in February 2014 by ultranationalist Right Sector sharpshooters, who were seen shooting Maidan demonstrators. The deaths of the demonstrators were then blamed on the police. In the case of Syria:

"Syrian-based Father Frans van der Lugt was the Dutch priest murdered by a gunman in Homs . His involvement in reconciliation and peace activities never stopped him from lobbing criticisms at both sides in this conflict. But in the first year of the crisis, he penned some remarkable observations about the violence – this one in January 2012:

"'From the start the protest movements were not purely peaceful. From the start I saw armed demonstrators marching along in the protests, who began to shoot at the police first. Very often the violence of the security forces has been a reaction to the brutal violence of the armed rebels.'

"In September 2011 he wrote: 'From the start there has been the problem of the armed groups, which are also part of the opposition The opposition of the street is much stronger than any other opposition. And this opposition is armed and frequently employs brutality and violence, only in order then to blame the government. '"

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/157412-syria-hidden-massacre-2011/

For an objective overview of the context of the events of 2011 in Syria that led to the international war against the elected Syrian government, see Stephen Gowans, "The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn't."

https://gowans.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/the-revolutionary-distemper-in-syria-that-wasnt/

Also see Gowans' well-researched 2016 book 'Washington's Long War on Syria.' The US has been demonizing and trying to overthrow the Syrian government for several decades now, above all because it is the only remaining semi-socialist nation in the Middle East and has single-payer national health insurance, support for the elderly, and free college education for all. Assad is no saint, but he is one of the more democratic and forward-looking leaders in the Middle East today.

[Dec 18, 2017] In the November 16 article in the Italian journal Il Giornale, and repeated on Italian TV Canale 5, journalist Gian Micalessin revealed that 3 Georgians, all trained army snipers, and with links to Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgian security forces were ordered to travel to Kiev from Tbilisi during the Maidan events. It is two of these men that are now being called to testify in Kiev

Dec 15, 2017 | consortiumnews.com

Abe , December 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

"In a dramatic development in the trial in Kiev of several Berkut police officers accused of shooting civilians in the Maidan demonstrations in February 2014, the defence has produced two Georgians who confirm that the murders were committed by foreign snipers, at least 50 of them, operating in teams. The two Georgians, Alexander Revazishvili and Koba Nergadze have agreed to testify [ ]

"This dramatic and explosive evidence was first brought to light by the Italian journalist Gian Micalessin on November 16 in an article in the Italian journal Il Giornale and is again brought to the world's attention by a lawyer with some courage picking up on that report and speaking with the witnesses himself. These witnesses stated to Gian Micalessin, even more explosively, that the American Army was directly involved in the murders.

"The clear objective of the Maidan massacre in Kiev on February 20, 2014 was to sow chaos and reap the fall of the democratically elected, pro-Russian Yanukovych government. People were slaughtered for no other reason than to destroy a government the NATO powers, especially the United States and Germany, wanted removed because of its opposition to NATO, the EU, and their hegemonic drive to open Ukraine and Russia to American and German economic expansion. In other words, it was about money and the making of money.

"The western media and leaders quickly blamed the Yanukovych government for the killings during the Maidan demonstrations, but more evidence has become available indicating that the massacre in Kiev of police and civilians – which led to the escalation of protests, leading to the overthrow of the Yanukovych government – was the work of snipers working on orders of government opponents and their NATO controllers using the protests as a cover for a coup.

"One of the snipers already admitted to this in February 2015, thereby confirming what had become common knowledge just a few days after the massacre in Kiev and in a secretly recorded telephone call, the Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet reported to the EU head of Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton, in early March 2014, that there was widespread suspicion that "someone from the new coalition" in the Kiev government may have ordered the sniper murders. In February 2016, Maidan activist Ivan Bubenchik confessed that in the course of the massacre, he had shot Ukrainian police officers. Bubenchik confirmed this in a film that gained wide attention.

'Dr. Ivan Katchanovski, at the University of Ottawa, published a devastating paper on the Maidan killings setting out in extensive detail the conclusive evidence that it was a false flag operation and that members of the present Kiev regime, including Poroshenko himself were involved in the murders, not the government forces. [ ]

"In the November 16 article in the Italian journal Il Giornale, and repeated on Italian TV Canale 5, journalist Gian Micalessin revealed that 3 Georgians, all trained army snipers, and with links to Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgian security forces were ordered to travel to Kiev from Tbilisi during the Maidan events. It is two of these men that are now being called to testify in Kiev."

The Maidan Massacre: US Army Orders: Sow Chaos
By Christopher Black
https://journal-neo.org/2017/12/15/the-maidan-massacre-us-army-orders-sow-chaos/

[Dec 08, 2017] MAIDAN SNIPERS

Dec 08, 2017 | turcopolier.typepad.com

MAIDAN SNIPERS. One of the founding myths of the "Revolution of Dignity" was the massacre on the Maidan. Ivan Katchanovski has proved, to anyone with the capacity for objective thought, that it was a false flag operation; here is his paper ; here is a summary . Two Georgian snipers have come forward to confess; here is a summary of what they said with links to the original. The story continues to develop and Katchanovski is following it .

[Dec 02, 2017] The New Cold War and the Death of the Discourse by Justin Raimondo

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... So the Ukrainian government is admitting that their previous narrative is false – and that the ultra-rghtist Svoboda and Right Sector, who were the military arm of the Maidan protesters, provoked the incident that led to Yanukovich's overthrow. ..."
"... are opposed to the Minsk agreement, brokered by the EU, which makes concessions to the east Ukrainians. ..."
Oct 19, 2015 | Antiwar.com

Russophobia compromises the media and academia

The truth is often ignored, at first, and when that becomes impossible, truth-tellers are often punished. As two incidents starkly reveal, this is certainly the case when it comes to the civil war in Ukraine and Washington's unfolding cold war with Russia.

The first illustration of our truth-telling principle occurred after the "Maidan revolution" had already captured the imagination of the Western media, which was busy promulgating the official view as given expression by US government officials. According to this narrative, the "protesters" were heroes, the government of "Russian-backed' Viktor Yanukovich was a coven of devils, and the catalyzing incident that led to Yanukovich's ouster, the shooting of protesters in the Maidan, was the work of the Berkut, the Ukrainian government's militarized police.

There's just one problem with this story: it isn't true. A leaked phone call between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, revealed that the protesters were shot by their own leaders – the radical nationalists who had military control of the Maiden.

... ... ...

Ashton's main concern seemed to be that this would get out and discredit the new government "from the very beginning."

Oh, but not to worry: it didn't get out, at least not in the United States. There were oblique mentions of the recording in the mainstream media, but only weeks afterward and then without any specifics: two months after the fact, the Los Angeles Times referred to it in the vaguest terms, only to dismiss it as a "conspiracy theory." The New York Times didn't cover it: neither did the War Street Journal, Time magazine, or any of the other usual suspects. The Daily Beast, typically, served as a mouthpiece for the official Washington-Kiev account, citing Dr. Bogomolets as claiming her conversation with Paet was a "misunderstanding." Yet Paet didn't cite her as his sole source: he said "all the evidence." No doubt the Estonians have their own sources in the country, and it's improbable the Foreign Minister would have made such an assertion based on a single person's testimony.

In any case, the story was pretty much buried here in the US, with the exception of this space and a few other alternative news sources.

But in Europe, it was a different story: the German public television station ARD carried a report which threw the identity of the Maidan shooters into serious question. And more recently the BBC produced a documentary, "The Untold Story of the Maidan Massacre," in which eyewitnesses assert that the Berkut were fired on from positions controlled by the ultra-nationalist Svoboda Party, which, along with the neo-Nazi "Right Sector" organization, ran Maidan security.

Still, the story was ignored in the US, but that may not be possible much longer, and the reason springs from an unlikely source: the current Ukrainian government of President Petro Poroshenko.

Last week Ukrainian police raided the homes of Svoboda Party leaders Oleksandr Sych, who served as Deputy Prime Minister in the post-Maidan government, and Ole Pankevich, whose 2013 appearance at a neo-Nazi memorial event provoked the ire of the World Jewish Congress. The Ukrainian prosecutor's office confirmed that the raid was conducted as part of an investigation into the Maidan shootings:

"The court warrant for the raid on the apartment of Pankevich, a former MP and the ex-head of Lviv regional council, explicitly referred to a BBC documentary on the subject, according to a copy of the warrant In the documentary, journalist Gabriel Gatehouse spoke to an opposition nationalist rifleman who had acknowledged having fired on riot police in the morning of February 20."

The warrant, posted online,

"[A]lso refers to video footage that showed a rifleman firing out of the Hotel Ukraina, situated on Maidan. The room from which he fired was occupied at the time by Pankevich, according to the court warrant.

"Police also raided the apartment of Sich, vice-prime minister in the immediate post-Maidan government in 2014, also in connection with shots fired from the same hotel, where he was also staying on February 20.

"An assistant to Ukraine's prosecutor general, Vladislav Kutsenko, confirmed to the Ukrainian TV channel 112 that searches of the Svoboda leaders' apartments were linked to an investigation of the February 20 events."

So the Ukrainian government is admitting that their previous narrative is false – and that the ultra-rghtist Svoboda and Right Sector, who were the military arm of the Maidan protesters, provoked the incident that led to Yanukovich's overthrow.

Why this stunning turnaround?

Both Svoboda and Right Sector have declared war on the Poroshenko regime and are calling for a "national revolution" – one that would install them in power. The ultra-nationalists are opposed to the Minsk agreement, brokered by the EU, which makes concessions to the east Ukrainians.

The far right is accusing Poroshenko of "betraying the revolution." They scoff at the ceasefire as a "sellout" because they want the civil war to continue: and as Poroshenko makes draconian cuts in the government budget in order to mollify Ukraine's creditors, and to ensure the flow of Western funding, the rightists are gaining ground politically. And they are getting increasingly violent, staging a riot in front of the parliament building in which three officers were killed by a grenade hurled at policemen: 130 cops were injured. The rightists were protesting the decision by the parliament to grant the eastern rebels some small degree of autonomy. This incident followed a series of shoot-outs with the armed rightist gang known as Right Sector, which played a key role in the Maidan protest movement.

That the Poroshenko government, which had previously stonewalled any serious effort to investigate the shooting deaths that sent Yanukovich packing, is playing this card now is an indication of the regime's desperation in the face of a challenge from the ultra-right. For to upend the official narrative – one that is fully supported by their Western sponsors, and their amen corner in the media – is to subvert the very foundations of the post-Maidan order. If the truth comes out, the ultra-nationalists may be finished – but so may the government that exposes their murderous role.

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NOTES IN THE MARGIN

You can check out my Twitter feed by going here. But please note that my tweets are sometimes deliberately provocative, often made in jest, and largely consist of me thinking out loud. I've written a couple of books, which you might want to peruse. Here is the link for buying the second edition of my 1993 book, Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement, with an Introduction by Prof. George W. Carey, a Foreword by Patrick J. Buchanan, and critical essays by Scott Richert and ISI Books, 2008). You can buy An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000), my biography of the great libertarian thinker, here.

[Nov 29, 2017] The interviews with three snipers of Georgian nationality, conducted by the Italian journalist Gian Micalessin and aired as a breathtaking documentary on Milan-based Canale 5 (Matrix program) last week, still have not paved its way to the international mainstream media.

Nov 26, 2017 | unz.com

Anon , Disclaimer November 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm GMT

@Carroll Price

The US, Russian Federation, and the Nuland-Kagan revolution in Kiev in 2014:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-hidden-truth-about-ukraine-italian-documentary-bombshell-evidence-kiev-euromaidan-snipers-kill-demonstrators/5619684

"The interviews with three snipers of Georgian nationality, conducted by the Italian journalist Gian Micalessin and aired as a breathtaking documentary on Milan-based Canale 5 (Matrix program) last week, still have not paved its way to the international mainstream media.

The documentary features Alexander Revazishvili, Koba Nergadze and Zalogi Kvaratskhelia, Georgian military officers They claim that on Jan 15, 2014 they landed in Kiev equipped with fake documents Having received 1000 USD each one and being promised to be paid 5000 USD after the "job is done", they were tasked to prepare sniper positions inside the buildings of Hotel Ukraine and Conservatory, dominant over the Maidan Square. Along with other snipers (some of them were Lithuanians) they were put under command of an American military operative Brian Christopher Boyenger.

The coordinating team also included Mamulashvili and infamous Segrey Pashinsky, who was detained by protesters on Feb 18, 2017 with a sniper rifle in the boot of his car The weapons came on stage on February 18 and were distributed to the various Georgian and Lithuanian groups. "There were three or four weapons in each bag, there were Makarov guns, AKM guns, rifles, and a lot of cartridges." – witnesses Nergadze.

The following day, Mamulashvili and Pashinsky explained to snipers that they should shoot at the square and sow chaos.

"I listened to the screams," recalls Revazishvili. "There were many dead and injured downstairs. My first and only thought was to leave in a hurry before they caught up with me. Otherwise, they would tear me apart."

Four years later, Revazishvili and his two companions report they have not yet received the promised 5000 USD bills as a payment and have decided to tell the truth about those who "used and abandoned" them."

Well that was a clear picture of a sausage-making during the US-sponsored regime change in Ukraine. The neo-Nazi in the US-supported "government" in Kiev came about naturally.

[Nov 29, 2017] The interviews with three snipers of Georgian nationality, conducted by the Italian journalist Gian Micalessin and aired as a breathtaking documentary on Milan-based Canale 5 (Matrix program) last week, still have not paved its way to the international mainstream media.

russia-insider.com
Anon , Disclaimer November 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm GMT
@Carroll Price

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-hidden-truth-about-ukraine-italian-documentary-bombshell-evidence-kiev-euromaidan-snipers-kill-demonstrators/5619684

American military operative Brian Christopher Boyenger. The coordinating team also included Mamulashvili and infamous Segrey Pashinsky, who was detained by protesters on Feb 18, 2017 with a sniper rifle in the boot of his car The weapons came on stage on February 18 and were distributed to the various Georgian and Lithuanian groups. "There were three or four weapons in each bag, there were Makarov guns, AKM guns, rifles, and a lot of cartridges." – witnesses Nergadze.


"I listened to the screams," recalls Revazishvili. "There were many dead and injured downstairs. My first and only thought was to leave in a hurry before they caught up with me. Otherwise, they would tear me apart."

[Nov 13, 2017] The New York Times Explains Why Kiev Sniper Massacre Was Likely a False Flag

Nov 13, 2017 | russia-insider.com

The New York Times Explains Why Kiev Sniper Massacre Was Likely a False Flag Describes Yanukovich as a flabby leader whose willingness to appease his opponents demoralized his police. Means it's not very believable he would order a massacre, or that the police would carry it out for him Marko Marjanović 5,071 9

Last Sunday The New York Times had an in-depth article on the overthrow of Yanukovich in Ukraine.

That is if you can call in-depth an article that is full of omissions. Which you can't. So let's just say it was a very LONG article.

We should still be thankful for it, however, because it reminded us of the real Yanukovich.

This was a guy who took it upon himself to negotiate an association treaty with the EU and came within inches of signing it.

In reality Yanukovich was a centrist who approximated the policies of pro-western Ukraine politicians to the point where he had lost the active support of eastern Ukraine. Moreover during the Maidan standoff he proved himself an indecisive and timid leader.

He amnestied street-fighting radicals and let them keep control of public spaces in the capital for far longer than would be the case in any western or eastern country. Moreover he bent backward to appease the opposition.

In late January he offered to take them into a new national unity government and name a PM from their ranks. It was a sweet deal they would have probably taken, but for fear of running afoul of the protest movement themselves.

Despite the rebuke Yanukovich still accepted the resignation of his PM Azarov – a reliable loyalist hated by the opposition.

A little earlier in the month his government passed a set of laws it believed would give it the power it needed to deal with the situation, but then just as quickly backed away from them.

This was typical Yanukovich. Hapless, in over his head, and wishing problems would just go away so he wouldn't need to deal with them.

And that is precisely the Yanukovich we meet in the New York Times piece :

Ashen-faced after a sleepless night of marathon negotiations, Viktor F. Yanukovych hesitated, shaking his pen above the text placed before him in the chandeliered hall.

Then, under the unsmiling gaze of European diplomats and his political enemies, the beleaguered Ukrainian president scrawled his signature, sealing a deal that he believed would keep him in power, at least for a few more months.

The security officers said in interviews that they were alarmed by language in the truce deal that called for an investigation of the killing of protesters.

They feared that a desperate Mr. Yanukovych was ready to abandon the very people who had protected him, particularly those in the lower ranks who had borne the brunt of the street battles.

The Times covers just the last two days of Yanukovich's reign, but it's safe to say police doubt built up gradually. 21st February was certainly not the first time Yanukovich attempted to appease his enemies at the expense of his police.

During the first half of February Maidan protesters arrested by the police were released and amnestied on Yanukovich orders in return for protesters vacating occupied government buildings and lifting some of their barricades.

attack on traffic police unit elsewhere in the city. (Yanukovich responded by ordering national mourning for slain policemen and street-fighting protesters alike.)

Indeed, as The Times itself reports, all along police resented Yanukovich for not having been sent in to disperse the protesters encampments early on, when they believed it would have still been relatively easy.

All in all the NYT shows Yanukovich on the evening of February 21th was a flabby, indecisive leader who did not comprehend the seriousness of the situation. Left unstated by the NYT is that that was the picture of Yanukovich throughout the standoff.

The idea that on the February 20th this timid and wavering man woke up, rang his police chief and ordered himself a radical escalation of the standoff in the form of a mass slaughter of protesters is preposterous. It is at odds with everything about Yanukovich's record during the crisis.

It is also not believable his demoralized police would carry out such an order from him. It was a force thoroughly discouraged with what it saw as having been held back, undermined and under-supported.

That leaves the possibility police snipers did it on their own as vengeance for the losses suffered on the 18th and the 20th. However, this is not much more believable either.

The Times piece makes it clear policemen were actually highly conscious of the possibility they would be hung out to dry by Yanukovich and face judicial charges for their conduct. Going rogue would make that all the more certain.

Also let us be very clear. Nobody on the western and pro-western side ever tried to argue that is how the massacre went down. The story has always been that Yanukovich himself was responsible.

In writing the report the NYT has its own agenda. It is trying to argue Yanukovich was "not so much overthrown as cast adrift by his own allies" due to the "panic in government ranks created by Mr. Yanukovych's own efforts to make peace".

We get it. NYT wants us to know Yanukovich toppling was immaculate. It wasn't so much that he fled the capital because he had good reason to fear for his safety, it is just that his regime simply dissipated into thin air due to his own flabbiness.

However, isn't it the case that leaders who in their "efforts to make peace" go so far as to cause their allies' desertion generally do not order the mass murder of their enemies?


*Based on reporting by BBC's Daniel Sandford fighting started that day with a successful protester advance against the parliament in the morning. It was followed by a police counter-attack later in the day.

[Nov 13, 2017] The New York Times Explains Why Kiev Sniper Massacre Was Likely a False Flag

Nov 13, 2017 | russia-insider.com

The New York Times Explains Why Kiev Sniper Massacre Was Likely a False Flag Describes Yanukovich as a flabby leader whose willingness to appease his opponents demoralized his police. Means it's not very believable he would order a massacre, or that the police would carry it out for him Marko Marjanović 5,071 9

Last Sunday The New York Times had an in-depth article on the overthrow of Yanukovich in Ukraine.

That is if you can call in-depth an article that is full of omissions. Which you can't. So let's just say it was a very LONG article.

We should still be thankful for it, however, because it reminded us of the real Yanukovich.

This was a guy who took it upon himself to negotiate an association treaty with the EU and came within inches of signing it.

In reality Yanukovich was a centrist who approximated the policies of pro-western Ukraine politicians to the point where he had lost the active support of eastern Ukraine. Moreover during the Maidan standoff he proved himself an indecisive and timid leader.

He amnestied street-fighting radicals and let them keep control of public spaces in the capital for far longer than would be the case in any western or eastern country. Moreover he bent backward to appease the opposition.

In late January he offered to take them into a new national unity government and name a PM from their ranks. It was a sweet deal they would have probably taken, but for fear of running afoul of the protest movement themselves.

Despite the rebuke Yanukovich still accepted the resignation of his PM Azarov – a reliable loyalist hated by the opposition.

A little earlier in the month his government passed a set of laws it believed would give it the power it needed to deal with the situation, but then just as quickly backed away from them.

This was typical Yanukovich. Hapless, in over his head, and wishing problems would just go away so he wouldn't need to deal with them.

And that is precisely the Yanukovich we meet in the New York Times piece :

Ashen-faced after a sleepless night of marathon negotiations, Viktor F. Yanukovych hesitated, shaking his pen above the text placed before him in the chandeliered hall.

Then, under the unsmiling gaze of European diplomats and his political enemies, the beleaguered Ukrainian president scrawled his signature, sealing a deal that he believed would keep him in power, at least for a few more months.

The security officers said in interviews that they were alarmed by language in the truce deal that called for an investigation of the killing of protesters.

They feared that a desperate Mr. Yanukovych was ready to abandon the very people who had protected him, particularly those in the lower ranks who had borne the brunt of the street battles.

The Times covers just the last two days of Yanukovich's reign, but it's safe to say police doubt built up gradually. 21st February was certainly not the first time Yanukovich attempted to appease his enemies at the expense of his police.

During the first half of February Maidan protesters arrested by the police were released and amnestied on Yanukovich orders in return for protesters vacating occupied government buildings and lifting some of their barricades.

attack on traffic police unit elsewhere in the city. (Yanukovich responded by ordering national mourning for slain policemen and street-fighting protesters alike.)

Indeed, as The Times itself reports, all along police resented Yanukovich for not having been sent in to disperse the protesters encampments early on, when they believed it would have still been relatively easy.

All in all the NYT shows Yanukovich on the evening of February 21th was a flabby, indecisive leader who did not comprehend the seriousness of the situation. Left unstated by the NYT is that that was the picture of Yanukovich throughout the standoff.

The idea that on the February 20th this timid and wavering man woke up, rang his police chief and ordered himself a radical escalation of the standoff in the form of a mass slaughter of protesters is preposterous. It is at odds with everything about Yanukovich's record during the crisis.

It is also not believable his demoralized police would carry out such an order from him. It was a force thoroughly discouraged with what it saw as having been held back, undermined and under-supported.

That leaves the possibility police snipers did it on their own as vengeance for the losses suffered on the 18th and the 20th. However, this is not much more believable either.

The Times piece makes it clear policemen were actually highly conscious of the possibility they would be hung out to dry by Yanukovich and face judicial charges for their conduct. Going rogue would make that all the more certain.

Also let us be very clear. Nobody on the western and pro-western side ever tried to argue that is how the massacre went down. The story has always been that Yanukovich himself was responsible.

In writing the report the NYT has its own agenda. It is trying to argue Yanukovich was "not so much overthrown as cast adrift by his own allies" due to the "panic in government ranks created by Mr. Yanukovych's own efforts to make peace".

We get it. NYT wants us to know Yanukovich toppling was immaculate. It wasn't so much that he fled the capital because he had good reason to fear for his safety, it is just that his regime simply dissipated into thin air due to his own flabbiness.

However, isn't it the case that leaders who in their "efforts to make peace" go so far as to cause their allies' desertion generally do not order the mass murder of their enemies?


*Based on reporting by BBC's Daniel Sandford fighting started that day with a successful protester advance against the parliament in the morning. It was followed by a police counter-attack later in the day.

[Mar 03, 2016] He Killed for the Maidan By Katya Gorchinskaya

February 26, 2016

Here's why my news organization decided to shed some light on a dark moment in Ukraine's revolution.

He Killed for the Maidan

My television station had a murderer on air last week - a self-confessed one. Ivan Bubenchik was calm and collected, his demeanor was open, and he spoke confidently of his actions on February 20, 2014, like he had known exactly what he was doing. After all, he was on the good side of the Euromaidan revolution, which was raging in Ukraine at the time, and which eventually swept a corrupt president out of power.

In telling Bubenchik's story, we were breaking a taboo - it was the police, the popular narrative goes, that were the murderers. The protesters were heroes. But Bubenchik's words were chilling. "To create a word of mouth effect, you have to shoot two or three [police] commanders," he said to the camera. "I only picked two. And after that, there was no need to kill anyone else, so I aimed at the legs."

Bubenchik said he was trying to scare the police away - they had started to dominate the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev's central Independence Square, where the anti-government protesters had been camped for months. His tactic worked perfectly. His first sniper shot killed an officer, his second wounded another. The rest of the riot police scattered and ran up the hill away from the square.

This was two days before the end of the revolution. President Viktor Yanukovych had not yet fled to Russia, fearing betrayal of his faithful friends in the government. But the revolution was already in its final - and deadly - stage. 39 people had already been killed. Most were protesters killed by the police or by hired thugs. Some 2,000 more people had been wounded - again, mostly protesters, but also a handful of policemen.

One of the buildings on the square, the Trade Union House, which had served as headquarters of the revolution since it began, had burned down. This was a great loss for the protesters because it stranded them in the bitter winter cold without shelter and without their crowd-sourced food and medicine. But they were determined to stay in the streets and drive President Yanukovych's corrupt regime out. Much of the country was behind them.

Most oppositional activities - such as rallies, setting up tents, and even traveling in a convoy of five cars - had been banned by a frightened rubber-stamp parliament loyal to the president. Protesters had been murdered en masse, the opposition camp lacked leadership, and there was no feasible political solution in sight. Terror and desperation reigned in Kiev, the country's battered capital.

This is when Bubenchik, a middle-aged man from western Ukraine who worked as a sports coach for kids, took destiny into his hands.

Two years later, my media company, Hromadske TV, has just told his story for the first time. We are a small but bold multimedia outlet that set up by a group of journalists in 2013 right before the revolution began. It was an attempt to plant the seed of real public broadcasting in a media landscape dominated by oligarchs and government channels. Hromadske's journalists aimed at nothing less than setting up an outlet that would eventually become the gold standard of Ukrainian broadcasting. And that means reporting both sides of a story, no matter how unpleasant.

Our story on Bubenchik, the self-proclaimed Maidan sniper, is very much in line with that mission. It was part of a film we aired on February 18, both on our own online platform and on a national TV channel, which depicted how his decision to shoot two police officers affected the course of events on that day. The day - February 20, 2014 - was so dramatic that we called the film Zlam - "The Breaking Point."

Later on that same day, four police officers died from gunshot wounds. But the death toll among the protesters was much higher - a total of 48 were brutally murdered. This was the single highest daily death toll not just during the revolution, but since Ukraine gained its independence in 1991.

Two years later, there are 22 policemen being tried for these crimes. Five are currently in detention, others are still wanted. But Bubenchik, who says he also killed, is free. He had talked openly about his deed before. But the story had never been picked up by the media, and there had never been a full-scale investigation. The State Security Service either did not believe his story, or chose to ignore his confession - in Ukraine, it's not politically correct to judge the victors.

The accepted narrative is that the protesters were the good guys, while the government troops were murderers. There's no doubt that the protesters really were heroes. They risked their lives, their families and their well-being to stand up against a crooked political elite. Because of them the word "hero" started to make real sense for us in Ukraine - it became personified.

But real life is not black and white. Sometimes heroes can act in evil ways, and Bubenchik's story is a case in point. It complicates an already painful episode in the recent history of a country that is still bleeding because of an ongoing war with Russia in the east, the annexation of Crimea, a divided population and endless political infighting.

That's why it took courage to report this story. For our journalists, Anastasiya Stanko and Angelina Kariakina, it was a massive ethical challenge. Many of their sources, who had themselves been protesters, kept saying that Ukraine was not ready for the truth. They said the Russian propaganda machine would kick in and spin Bubenchuk's story for its own purposes - and sure enough, it did, running headlines like "Kiev government encourages murder" and "The blood of Heavenly Hundred is on the hands of the protesters." The Heavenly Hundred is a reference to all the protesters who were murdered during the revolution.

"This episode about the shootings on February 20 [2014] was emotionally the most difficult one," says Anastasiya Stanko, co-author of the story. "Most of all, we wanted to try to approach it without emotions, as much as possible, and only concentrate on facts."

Incidentally, Bubenchik, our protagonist, believes that he did nothing wrong. "It's important for me that people understand that it's not an alcoholic or drug addict talking. I understood what I was doing," he says in the film. "I do not see any crime in my actions."

Bubenchik thinks what he did was justified by the circumstances of that day. The journalists who reported the story also say that context is key. "It's impossible to separate this day from all three months of protests - and that was very important to show," says Angelina Kariakina, the other creator of the film. "The first episode of violence on the Maidan was against a peaceful, mostly student protest in November. The first murders took place in January. In many ways the 20th of February was the culmination of those protests," she says.

Despite all these dilemmas, we chose to report the story. Perhaps we're naive, because we believe in equal rules and justice for all. Or maybe we're setting a new standard for our country's media, which, as in any free country, should be able to report unpopular truths.

A week after our film aired, the prosecutors finally acted. On February 25, investigators searched Bubenchik's home in Lviv, as mandated by court order. A real investigation into what he did might finally be starting.

[Feb 09, 2016] University Study Shows that the Maidan Massacre was Planned by the Putschists

Notable quotes:
"... This university investigation concluded that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and executed with the aim to overthrow the government and seize power. ..."
January 17, 2016 | www.voltairenet.org

Ivan Katchanovski, professor of political science at the University of Ottawa, conducted a study on the massacre perpetrated by snipers on the Maidan square of Kiev in February, 2014.

This document, from a presentation to the American Association of Political Sciences in San Francisco in September 2015, is the first academic study on this event.

It uses rational choice theory and Weber's theory of instrumental rationality to examine the actions of key players from both the Yanukovich government, specifically various police and security forces, and opposition, especially of the extreme right and oligarchic elements, during the massacre.

The paper analyzes a large amount of material available from different sources: about 1500 videos and recordings from the internet and television in different countries (about 150 gigabytes), newsletters and social media messages from a hundred journalists covering the massacre of Kiev, about 5000 photos, and nearly 30 gigabytes of radio interceptions of snipers and commanders of the Alfa unit of the Security Service of Ukraine and Ministry troops of the Interior and finally records of the massacre trial. This study is also based on field research on the massacre site, witness' reports from both camps, the commanders of the special units, the statements made by current and former government officials, approximate estimates of ballistic trajectories, bullets and weapons used and the types of injuries on both sides. This study establishes a specific timetable for the various events of the massacre, the shooters locations and the precise timing and location of the death of nearly 50 protesters.

This university investigation concluded that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and executed with the aim to overthrow the government and seize power.

Ivan Katchanovski teaches at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has been a visiting scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Potsdam, postdoctoral fellow at the Political Science Department at the University of Toronto and Kluge Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

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Roger Lagassé

[Oct 13, 2015] Maidan snipers, seems Svoboda booked hotel rooms used by armed groups who shot at police and protesters.

Lots of interesting evidence, by a rather brave academic.

Jeremn says: , October 13, 2015 at 2:39 am

Maidan snipers, seems Svoboda booked hotel rooms used by armed groups who shot at police and protesters. Lots of interesting evidence, by a rather brave academic.

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marknesop, October 13, 2015 at 7:46 am

Interesting; this is definitely the most comprehensive reference I have seen on the killings, and thank you for it. I see it points out, also tellingly, that Svoboda members were guarding the stairways and elevators of the Hotel Ukraina also during the massacre, presumably so no unauthorized persons could enter and interrupt the action ongoing.

[Oct 12, 2015] ВЗГЛЯД - "Свободу" заподозрили в убийствах "Небесной сотни"

У бывших нардепов Украины от "Свободы" проводятся обыски, их подозревают в убийствах так называемой Небесной сотни, заявил депутат Киевского областного совета от партии "Свобода" Александр Аронец.

"Обыски у экс-нардепов свободовцев происходят из-за событий на Майдане! Ищут взрывчатку и оружие. Свободовцев подозревают в убийствах героев Небесной Сотни! Это тотальный реванш регионалов", – заявил он в Facebook.

Напомним, главная киевская площадь Независимости была занята сторонниками евроинтеграции 21 ноября 2013 года, сразу после заявления правительства Николая Азарова о приостановке подписания соглашения об ассоциации с ЕС.

В результате событий, которые привели фактически к госперевороту, со стороны евромайдановцев погибло более 100 человек, которых потом назвали "Небесной сотней". Больше половины из них были убиты утром 20 февраля на площади Независимости и улице Институтской.

Неизвестные снайперы в центре Киева вели огонь одновременно и по сторонникам Майдана, и по бойцам "Беркута".

Генеральная прокуратура Украины сразу и без объяснений назвала подозреваемыми прежние власти во главе с Виктором Януковичем, однако не раз появлялись свидетельства того, что к стрельбе и убийствам участников беспорядков причастны представители евромайдана.

Так, в интернете появилась запись разговора главы МИД Эстонии Урмаса Паэта и главы дипломатии ЕС Кэтрин Эштон, из которого следует, что лидеры Майдана наняли снайперов, стрелявших в демонстрантов и милиционеров. В беседе Паэт рассказывает, что все улики, которые ему показывали, свидетельствуют, что и протестующих, и сотрудников правоохранительных органов убивали одни и те же люди.

Добавим, что также была обнародована серия обстоятельств и улик, свидетельствующих в пользу версии о причастности организаторов Майдана к расстрелу собственных активистов в центре Киева.

Кроме того, 2 апреля во время восстановления колоннады киевского стадиона "Динамо" строители нашли на крыше охотничью картечь. Предположительно, именно оттуда велась стрельба по демонстрантам. Рядом с дробинами было обнаружено еще несколько предметов, похожих, судя по видеосъемке, на дюбели для строительного пистолета.

Все это может пролить свет на обстоятельства убийства первых погибших активистов – напомним, 22 января именно из охотничьего оружия были застрелены Сергей Нигоян и Михаил Жизневский. Экспертиза показала, что в Нигояна попала именно картечь на основе сплава свинца.

Также появлялась информация, что стрельба велась из офиса Андрея Парубия, который был тогда так называемым комендантом Майдана.

Киев же возложил вину за гибель активистов Майдана на бойцов "Беркута". В феврале Генеральная прокуратура Украины объявила об установлении всех якобы причастных к этому силовиков. Приказ вести снайперский огонь, по мнению новых украинских властей, отдавал Янукович, а проводить операцию помогали российские спецслужбы.

В России опровергли причастность к этим событиям и подвергают сомнению выводы украинских властей.

При этом авторы агентства Reuters, проводившие собственное расследование убийств на Майдане, отмечали, что только с 18 по 20 февраля почти 200 правоохранителей получили огнестрельные ранения и 13 были убиты, однако "никто не был задержан в связи со стрельбой в милиционеров".

На Украине создали почти религиозный культ "Небесной сотни", ставшей одним из главных символов государства.

Отметим, что противостояние действующих украинских властей и радикальных националистов обострилось. Так, 31 августа у Рады начались беспорядки после того как парламентарии в первом чтении приняли изменения в конституцию в части децентрализации, несмотря на многотысячный митинг у стен Рады и заблокированный президиум. Митингующие дважды предпринимали попытки штурма парламента. Также в силовиков была брошена граната.

Министр внутренних Украины Арсен Аваков заявил, что митинг у стен Верховной рады был организован политическими партиями "Свобода", "Укроп", "Радикальная партия Украины". Глава МВД отметил, что на допрос вызван лидер "Свободы" Олег Тягнибок, а также члены этой партии Юрий Сиротюк, Игорь Криворучко, Сергей Бойко, Игорь Сабия.

[May 01, 2015] http://fish12a.livejournal.com/1538881.html

Ну какое отношение может иметь снайперская винтовка, личный телохранитель Авакова и Пашинский

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6MHXX9Ue9Bg


monalt, 2015-04-30 11:33 pm (UTC)

Да ну их... Давно уже не интересен их клоповник в украинской власти.
А вот что думают простые люди - как-то не встречал более-менее подробной информации или статистики.

Но, подозреваю, объективную картину увидеть непросто - все в Украине в какой-то мере запуганы.

The untold story of the Maidan massacre

"I didn't shoot to kill"

"I was shooting downwards at their feet," says a man we will call Sergei, who tells me he took up position in the Kiev Conservatory, a music academy on the south-west corner of the square.

"Of course, I could have hit them in the arm or anywhere. But I didn't shoot to kill."

Sergei says he had been a regular protester on the Maidan for more than a month, and that his shots at police on the square and on the roof of an underground shopping mall, caused them to retreat.

There had been shooting two days earlier, on 18 February. The 19th, a Wednesday, had been quieter, but in the evening, Sergei says, he was put in contact with a man who offered him two guns: one a 12-gauge shotgun, the other a hunting rifle, a Saiga that fired high-velocity rounds.

He chose the latter, he says, and stashed it in the Post Office building, a few yards from the Conservatory. Both buildings were under the control of the protesters.

Under attack, the police retreated from their position near the front line in the square, falling back along the street on the north side of Hotel Ukraine.

Protesters then advanced towards the police, where they were shot by retreating security forces and snipers from surrounding buildings.

More than 50 people were killed, the heaviest death toll of the clashes between protesters and security forces in the Maidan.

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When the shooting started early on the morning of the 20th, Sergei says, he was escorted to the Conservatory, and spent some 20 minutes before 07:00 firing on police, alongside a second gunman.

His account is partially corroborated by other witnesses. That morning, Andriy Shevchenko, then an opposition MP and part of the Maidan movement, had received a phone call from the head of the riot police on the square.

"He calls me and says, 'Andriy, somebody is shooting at my guys.' And he said that the shooting was from the Conservatory."

Shevchenko contacted the man in charge of security for the protesters, Andriy Parubiy, known as the Commandant of the Maidan.

"I sent a group of my best men to go through the entire Conservatory building and determine whether there were any firing positions," Parubiy says.

Meanwhile the MP, Andriy Shevchenko, was getting increasingly panicked phone calls.

"I kept getting calls from the police officer, who said: 'I have three people wounded, I have five people wounded, I have one person dead.' And at some point he says, 'I am pulling out.' And he says, 'Andriy I do not know what will be next.' But I clearly felt that something really bad was about to happen."

Andriy Parubiy, now deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, says his men found no gunmen in the Conservatory building.

But a photographer who gained access to the Conservatory later in the morning - shortly after 08:00 - took pictures there of men with guns, although he did not see them fire.

Sergei's account also differs from Parubiy's.

"I was just reloading," he told me. "They ran up to me and one put his foot on top of me, and said, 'They want a word with you, everything is OK, but stop doing what you're doing.'"

Sergei says he is convinced the men who dragged him away were from Parubiy's security unit, though he didn't recognise their faces. He was escorted out of the Conservatory building, taken out of Kiev by car, and left to make his own way home.

By that time three policemen had been fatally wounded and the mass killings of protesters had begun.

Kiev's official investigation has focused on what happened afterwards - after the riot police began to retreat from the square. In video footage, they are clearly seen firing towards protesters as they pull back.

Only three people have been arrested, all of them members of a special unit of riot police. And of these three, only two - the lower-ranking officers - remain in custody. The unit's commanding officer, Dmitry Sadovnik, was granted bail and has now disappeared.

The three policemen are accused of causing 39 deaths. But at least a further dozen protestors were killed - and the three policemen who died of their wounds.

Some of the dead were almost certainly shot by snipers, who seemed to be shooting from some of the taller buildings surrounding the square.

Lawyers for the victims and sources in the general prosecutor's office have told the BBC that when it comes to investigating deaths that could not have been caused by the riot police, they have found their efforts blocked by the courts.

"If you think of Yanukovych's time, it was like a Bermuda triangle: the prosecutor's office, the police and the courts," says Andriy Shevchenko. "Everyone knew that they co-operated, they covered each other and that was the basis of the massive corruption in the country. Those connections still exists."

Ukraine's Prosecutor General, Vitaly Yarema, was dismissed this week, amid harsh criticism of his handling of the investigation.

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories flourish.

"I'm certain that the shootings of the 20th were carried out by snipers who arrived from Russia and who were controlled by Russia," says Andriy Parubiy, the former Commandant of the Maidan.

"The shooters were aiming to orchestrate a bloodbath on Maidan."

This is a widely-held belief in Ukraine. In Russia, many believe the opposite - that the revolt on Maidan was a Western conspiracy, a CIA-inspired coup designed to pull Ukraine out of Moscow's orbit. Neither side offers convincing evidence for its assertion.

The overwhelming majority of the protesters on Maidan were peaceful, unarmed citizens, who braved months of bitter cold to demand a change to their corrupt government. As far as is known, all the protesters killed on 20 February were unarmed.

The leaders of the Maidan have always maintained they did their best to keep guns away from the square.

"We knew that our strength was not to use force, and our weakness would be if we start shooting," says Andriy Shevchenko.

Parubiy says it is possible that a handful of protesters with weapons may have come to the Maidan as part of a spontaneous, unorganised response to violence from the security forces in the days running up to 20 February.

"I did hear that, after the shootings on 18 February, there were guys who came to Maidan with hunting rifles. I was told that sometimes they were the relatives or parents of those people who were killed on the 18th. So I concede that it's possible there were people with hunting rifles on Maidan. When the snipers began to kill our guys, one after another, I can imagine that those with the hunting rifles returned fire."

Sergei, again, tells a different story. He says he was recruited as a potential shooter in late-January, by a man he describes only as a retired military officer. Sergei himself was a former soldier.

"We got chatting, and he took me under his wing. He saw something in me that he liked. Officers are like psychologists, they can see who is capable. He kept me close."

The former officer dissuaded him from joining any of the more militant groups active on the Maidan.

"'Your time will come,' he said."

Was he being prepared, psychologically, to take up arms?

"Not that we sat down and worked out a plan. But we talked about it privately and he prepared me for it."

It is not clear who the man who apparently recruited Sergei was, or whether he belonged to any of the recognised groups active on the Maidan.

And there is much else that we still do not know, such as who fired the first shots on 20 February.

As for conspiracy theories, it is possible that Sergei was manipulated, played like a pawn in a bigger game. But that is not the way he sees it. He was a simple protester, he says, who took up arms in self-defence.

"I didn't want to shoot anyone or kill anyone. But that was the situation. I don't feel like some kind of hero. The opposite: I have trouble sleeping, bad premonitions. I'm trying to control myself. But I just get nervous all the time. I have nothing to be proud of. It's easy to shoot. Living afterwards, that's the hard thing. But you have to defend your country."

You can watch a longer video report by Gabriel Gatehouse here and listen to a radio documentary here.

[Feb 14, 2015] Standupwoman Spiffey 13 Feb 2015 21:02

I'm afraid I agree.

There's also a murkier element to it. That Parabuy is involved is pretty well proven, but we may never know who (if anyone) was pulling the strings behind him. An American film 'Maidan Massacre' (now pulled from youtube) had a US expert claiming at least one of the shooters was definitely a professional sniper, and that does seem convincing from some of the footage. Men like that weren't Maidan activists - so who were they?

One odd bit of information that never made it into the main western media was the claim by a Georgian general that four of the snipers were Georgian. That has obviously led to theories of CIA involvement, but I haven't seen anything that actually proves it.

As you say, we may never know. What matters most is that it wasn't the Berkut (or Yanukovich) and everything that followed from that does indeed seem to be based on a lie.

[Feb 12, 2015] BBC send signals - It's not that simple with EuroMaidan snipergate events!

See also To whom EuroMaidan Sharp-shooters belong?
Feb 12, 2015 | annbeaker.livejournal.com

BBC staff now decided to play the role of "daughters of an officer" (NSA financed bots in social networks that assumes this identity and channel State Deportment talking points and trying to discredit opponents pretending that they write from the place of the event) and all the morning very emotionally told us that events on Maidan square was not that simple!

Really?

It turns out there are witnesses and facts which suggest that its not now Yanukovich who ordered those snipers to fire, but it was opposition people who were firing at demonstrators. There are even widows who claim that their statements about the death of loved ones were rejected first by junta and then by Fat Pig government.

Oh, Oh, what an affront! The British have always been shameless whores, you know.

It seems that the attempts were made, while sluggish, to disown Fat Pig and his camarilla. Let's see how things will develop next week, Washington Obcom did not provide final guidelines on this matter yet.

[Jan 31, 2015] It looks as if the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs has exonerated the Berkut for the killings of the Heavenly Hundred

marknesop , January 29, 2015 at 10:31 pm
Also from Fort Russ, it looks as if the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs has exonerated the Berkut for the killings of the Heavenly Hundred – the young Armenian before whose simple memorial The Pig knelt in solemn respect only last week was discovered to have been killed by a shotgun, which the police did not have.

And it further said it did not appear the police had any of the weapons used to off the rest. Interesting times in Kiev, my friends: what will happen next?

It looks very much to me as if some of the rats are trying to scramble out from under the wall they see collapsing on them.

Тайна снайперской винтовки на Майдане уходит корнями к Арсену Авакову (видео)

Автор: Голос Севастополя от Сегодня, 16:42

(голосов: 1)

Эпизод перед расстрелом "Небесной сотни" так и остался необъясненной тайной Пашинского, но теперь открываются эти секреты.


Почему до сих пор сотрудники МВД и СБУ, спустя год, не нашли людей, которые были в том автомобиле и вывозили винтовку? По сути – это те же люди, которые ее туда и привезли в правительственный квартал, напротив Майдана.


Сергею Пашинскому, как и Арсену Авакову вероятно, есть что скрывать...

[Dec 24, 2014] Ivan Kachnovski, political scientist from the University Ottawa about SniperGate

video

[Nov 01, 2014] The "Snipers' Massacre" on the Maidan in Ukraine by Ivan Katchanovski

Academia.edu

Ivan Katchanovski, Ph.D. School of Political Studies & Department of Communication University of Ottawa Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada ikatchan@uottawa.ca Paper presented at the Chair of Ukrainian Studies Seminar at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, October 1, 2014.

Conclusion

The analysis and the evidence presented in this academic investigation put the Euromaidan and the conflict in Ukraine into a new perspective. The seemingly irrational mass shooting and killing of the protesters and the police on February 20 appear to be rational from self-interest based perspectives of rational choice and Weberian theories of instrumentally-rational action. This includes the following: the Maidan leaders gaining power as a result of the massacre, President Yanukovych and his other top government officials fleeing on February 21, 2014 from Kyiv and then from Ukraine, and the retreat by the police. The same concerns Maidan protesters being sent under deadly fire into positions of no important value and then being killed wave by wave from unexpected directions. Similarly, snipers killing unarmed protesters and targeting foreign journalists but not Maidan leaders, the Maidan Self-Defense and the Right Sector headquarters, the Maidan stage, and pro-Maidan photographs become rational. While such actions are rational from a rational choice or instrumentally-rational theoretical perspective, the massacre not only ended many human lives but also undermined democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Ukraine.

The massacre of the protesters and the police represented a violent overthrow of the government in Ukraine and a major human rights crime. This violent overthrow constituted an undemocratic change of government. It gave start to a large-scale violent conflict that turned into a civil war in Eastern Ukraine, to a Russian military intervention in support of separatists in Crimea and Donbas, and to a de-facto break-up of Ukraine. It also escalated an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. The evidence indicates that an alliance of elements of the Maidan opposition and the far right was involved in the mass killing of both protesters and the police, while the involvement of the special police units in killings of some of the protesters cannot be entirely ruled out based on publicly available evidence. The new government that came to power largely as a result of the massacre falsified its investigation, while the Ukrainian media helped to misrepresent the mass killing of the protesters and the police. The evidence indicates that the far right played a key role in the violent overthrow of the government in Ukraine.

This academic investigation also brings new important questions that need to be addressed.

[Oct 18, 2014] Maidan Massacre: New prize winning American documentary that implicates the West's involvement in igniting the Ukraine crisis -- Sott.net

Scooped by Enrique Ferro Video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-nxCGWhHP-Y

Maidan Massacre: New prize winning American documentary that implicates the West's involvement in igniting the Ukraine crisis -- Sott.net | Global politics | Scoop.it

October 17, 6:39 PM | www.sott.net -

A new prize-winning American documentary film has been released which suggests that the snipers who killed 100 demonstrators on Kiev's central square in January and February of this year may have been working for pro-western groups seeking to...

[Jun 25, 2014] http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qsQn7voJz-U

The authors of this video consider alliance of Oligarch Poroshenko with far right forces was connected with his Presidential ambitions. He decided that only West can make him President and serving as cash cow for the USA will be rewarded. By some estimate he spend hundred million on propelling Maidan violence making him second most important sponsor of EuroMaidan after the West embassies. Video contains annotated video famous Poroshenko outburst when he was accused in financing Sniper-gate.

[Jun 14, 2014] Охранник Януковича рассказал о бегстве шефа и снайперов на Майдане - YouTube

A very interesting interview about "internals of Yanukovich rule and faults of Yanukovich personality that led to his fall, when the USA decided to play a different, more agreesive, game in Ukraine.

Вячеслав Заневский, бывший гражданин РФ, который с середины 2008 до конца 2012 года в формальном статусе внештатного советника Президента возглавлял Службу безопасности Виктора Януковича рассказал в программе "Знак оклику" на ТВі о бывшем шефе.

Главный охранник Януковича рассказал о его привычках, его ближайшем окружении, спецслужбах РФ и Украины, силовых спецподразделениях СБУ, УГО, МВД и о снайперах на Майдане.

По словам Заневского, сразу после инаугурации Янукович изменился, стал высокомерным и надменным.

"Наверное, самый большой минус я вижу, что человек (Янукович - ред.) стал царем. А разница между президентом и царем в том, что у царя не может быть все плохо", - заявил бывший главный охранник Януковича (см. 28 минуту видео).

Он также считает, что стремление Януковича к чрезмерному богатству - это следствие детских комплексов и тюремного прошлого.

Заневский подтвердил, что Янукович мог применить физическую силу в отношении своих подчиненных. Из-за этого все панически боялись делать экс-президенту замечания или идти к нему с плохими новостями.

Произведение "Охранник Януковича рассказал о бегстве шефа и снайперов на Майдане" созданное автором по имени Туровци Владислав, публикуется на условиях лицензии Creative Commons "Attribution" ("Атрибуция") 4.0 Всемирная. Туровци Владислав, публикуется на условиях лицензии Creative Commons "Attribution" ("Атрибуция") 4.0 Всемирная.

Основано на произведении с http://youtu.be/JPPcm2B9xg8 .

Разрешения, выходящие за рамки данной лицензии, могут быть доступны на странице http://frukti.net/kontakty/ .

DohloFos2

Человек выглядит очень достойным. Чувствуется хорошая профессиональная подготовка в области умения владеть собой. А так же хорошие аналитические способности.

Возможно в России служил в спецслужбе или даже в разведке. Его бы в президенты Украины, он бы порядок навел. Мог бы стать на уровне

[Jun 14, 2014] Ukraines grassy knoll (Graphic) evidence police weren't the only snipers.

Mar 6, 2014 | democraticunderground.com

go west young man

Maidan. The Inconvenient Truth : shooting in the back http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5dc_1393953567 (Graphic video warning)

This video proves that shots were fired on the advancing protest party from the rear and clearly points out bullet trajectories (from the Hotel Ukraine) as well as impact areas.

https:// You Tube version (also graphic)

The video coincides with the release of a hacked EU minister phone call discussing the subject. Link to You Tube video of ministerial phone call and the Guardian UK story related to the subject.

https:// Skip to 2 minute mark for start of conversation. (Also a graphic warning as video shows pictures of individuals suffering)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/ukraine-bugged-call-catherine-ashton-urmas-paet

The Ministers give clear impressions of what they think of the protest leaders saying " All these guys have a dirty past", "They can't be trusted", "The trust level is absolutely low", "They send uninvited visitors in the night to beat parliament members" "They beat a parliament member in the streets". "They can't send a reform package yet due to the level of trust it will end badly". "They have no partner to partner with". They also discuss the doctor who treated the shooting victims in the video above saying she believes the same individuals were shooting police and protesters on both sides. Skip to 8:20 mark in the You Tube video to go straight to this quote. They also say the new coalition doesn't want to investigate who was doing the shooting.

The theory put forth is these individuals being shot were patsies murdered by their own side in order to blame Ukrainian authorities and gather the sentiment of the rest of the world to the protesters side. There is some video out there that shows police sniping in certain areas so of course they are not blameless either. However, the video above lends credence to the possibility those individuals were murdered in cold blood by their own side.

One thing of note is that the US media has chosen not to cover any of this subject. Neither the leaked phone calls or the possibility of the protest leaders murdering their own people for international support. DU'ers can watch the videos and decide if they think it's all BS. The concerns the EU ministers have should be taken into account however, when considering the fact the US media has chosen not to cover that aspect of the crisis. The US and EU are planning to give billions of dollars of US taxpayer money to these individuals. American have a right to know this info and our media should be covering it.

go west young man

New BBC report verifies snipers were in the Hotel Ukraine behind protesters.

Even going so far as to identify the room...5th column...2nd from the top.

they verify they saw the sniper.

Forward to 2:40 mark in the video for footage.

[Jun 14, 2014] Ukraine: dozens dead following Donetsk airport clashes, rebel claims

The Guardian
PeterSchmidt, 27 May 2014 10:51am

The similarities between the Maidan snipers and the snipers in Romania in 89 are striking. In Bucharest, French snipers were used to give more legitimacy to the incoming new Romanian government. I wonder who were used on the Maidan.

BTW I don't think real Ukrainians wanted another oligarch in power at all. Half of them stayed home, the none voted in the east and a few in the south.

I just hope some oligarch would keep their private thugs and armies out of Eastern Hungary, where they terrorise locals who don't sign up for dodgy deals.

iseethroughyou -> PeterSchmidt, 27 May 2014 11:01am

UNA-UNSO

They were the ones who were wearing the red armbands during the Odessa massacre.

As an aside. The head of the parliamentary enwuiry into the massacre stated that the ammunition used in the snipers killings was never issued to the Berkut.

There is no forensic evidence linking the victims of mass killings in Kiev on February 20 with officers from the Berkut police unit, the head of the parliamentary commission investigating the murders told journalists.
http://rt.com/news/158864-kiev-snipers-not-berkut/

[May 25, 2014] All documentation about killing of participants of EuroMaidan disappeared from Ministry of Internal Affairs

May 24, 2014 | Vremya.ua

Вся документация уничтожена, гильзотека украдена, автоматы украдены

В МВД уничтожили всю документацию и гильзотеку, позволявшие отследить использование оружия и пуль, которыми расстреливали майдановцев. Об этом рассказал председатель комиссии по расследованию убийств на Майдане, депутат Геннадий Москаль.

"Сбежал полковник Сергей Кусюк вместе с оружием. Скорее всего, оружие не хранилось там, где должно было храниться, - в центральном государственном научно-исследовательском институте криминалистических экспертиз МВД. Я начал обзванивать регионы, и оказалось, что эти гильзотеки хранятся в областях.

А в Киеве исчезли эти контрольные пули (гильзы) и карточки с фотографиями работников, получавших оружие. Исчезли журналы выдачи оружия, приказы о закреплении оружия за отдельным работником "Беркута" тоже пропали. Вся документация уничтожена, гильзотека украдена, автоматы украдены", - сказал он.

Ранее Москаль заявлял, что пули от огнестрельного оружия, найденные на месте трагических событий на Майдане в Киеве 20 февраля, не могли быть выпущены из оружия, находившегося на вооружении "Беркута".

The Commission of Verkhovnaya Rada: It was not the soldiers of "Berkut" who fired at the protesters in Kiev

May 13, 2014 | Vzglyad

At independence Sqare shootings there were four sniper of the structures controlled by the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili

During the tragic to the events of February in Kiev at the protesters fired not fighters of special division "Berkut", reads the statement of the temporary investigative Commission of the Verkhovna Rada on the results of the studies used by the snipers ammunition cartridges and bullets.

According to the head of the Commission Gennady Moskal, firing at the demonstrators could representatives of the out of control public organizations. Without elaborating on what institutions are, Moskal said that "the first shot was made on the police", transfers ITAR-TASS.

"Anyone could join the ranks of the protest movement under the guise of struggle against the current authorities," he said. According to him, it does not exclude the version that could shoot as officers of the security Service of Ukraine or the Ministry of internal Affairs and their supporters, posing as activists.

The Commission was established to investigate illegal actions of law enforcement and of individual officers during the events related to mass actions of social and political protest that took place in Ukraine from 21 November 2013. No one has claimed responsibility for the deaths of the protesters and law-enforcers, whose number exceeded 100 people. More than half of them were killed on the morning of February 20 on Independence square and the street of the Institute.

Recall, who seized power in Kiev accused of shooting at protesters fighters police special forces Berkut. As they say in Kiev, order sniping gave the President Yanukovych, and to perform the operation helped the Russian special services. Russia denies involvement in these events and question the conclusions of the Ukrainian authorities.

In early March, was released taped conversation of the Supreme Commissioner of EU on foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, with foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Paet. The latter said that the protesters and police were killed the same snipers, and it would be profitable for the opposition, not to the authorities.

In early April at the "Dynamo" stadium in Kiev was found shot, similar to the one that murdered the first victims of the Maidan. In the Arsenal of "Berkut" weapons, firing a shot, was not. The find became one more argument in favor of the version that the murder on the Maidan are the same people who organized and the Maidan.

Finally, mass media disseminated a statement of the Georgian officer, former commander of the battalion "Avaza" Tristan, Tsitelashvili, who said that at the square there were four sniper of the structures controlled by the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. Moreover, the curator of the group, according to the officer, could be Givi Targamadze - Georgian MP, well-known in Russia as the defendant in the trial about events on Bolotnays".

[Apr 18, 2014] Ukraine Is Obama Channeling Cheney by Yves Smith

April 18, 2014 | naked capitalism
BigRed April 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

To add some nuance, because Mr. Hudson unfortunately messed up:

1) Monitor doesn't claim that shots were only from the hotel but that there also shots fired from the hotel, additionally to government buildings.
2)The doctor they talk to, who they claim was treating victims from both sides, says that the victims had been hit by the same type of bullets, which Monitor uses to argue that those shots were probably not fired by police since they wouldn't have shot their own guys. Since he's not the only one who treated demonstrators, this doesn't allow to draw further conclusions.

There's obvious need to counteract the pro-EU/NATO propaganda. But by overstating claims, TRNN leaves itself open to justified attacks that undermine the larger issue.

Transcript of the Monitor report in German is here: http://www.wdr.de/tv/monitor/sendungen/2014/0410/maidan.php5

[Apr 18, 2014] Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors by Michael Hudson & JESSICA DESVARIEUX

Michael Hudson is a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. His two newest books are "The Bubble and Beyond" and "Finance Capitalism and its Discontents," available on Amazon.
April 17, 2014 | TRNN

... ... ...

DESVARIEUX: So, Micheal, what are you tracking this week?

HUDSON: The big news is all about the Ukraine. And it's about the events that happened in the shootings on February 20. Late last week, the German television program ARD Monitor, which is sort of their version of 60 Minutes here, had an investigative report of the shootings in Maidan, and what they found out is that contrary to what President Obama is saying, contrary to what the U.S. authorities are saying, that the shooting was done by the U.S.-backed Svoboda Party and the protesters themselves, the snipers and the bullets all came from the Hotel Ukrayina, which was the center of where the protests were going, and the snipers on the hotel were shooting not only at the demonstrators, but also were shooting at their own--at the police and the demonstrators to try to create chaos. They've spoken to the doctors, who said that all of the bullets and all of the wounded people came from the same set of guns. They've talked to reporters who were embedded with the demonstrators, the anti-Russian forces, and they all say yes. All the witnesses are in agreement: the shots came from the Hotel Ukrayina. The hotel was completely under the control of the protesters, and it was the government that did it.

So what happened was that after the coup d'état, what they call the new provisional government put a member of the Svoboda Party, the right-wing terrorist party, in charge of the investigation. And the relatives of the victims who were shot are saying that the government is refusing to show them the autopsies, they're refusing to share the information with their doctors, they're cold-shouldering them, and that what is happening is a coverup. It's very much like the film Z about the Greek colonels trying to blame the murder of the leader on the protesters, rather than on themselves. Now, the real question that the German data has is: why, if all of this is front-page news in Germany, front-page news in Russia--the Russian TV have been showing their footage, showing the sniping--why would President Obama directly lie to the American people? This is the equivalent of Bush's weapons of mass destruction. Why would Obama say the Russians are doing the shooting in the Ukraine that's justified all of this anti-Russian furor? And why wouldn't he say the people that we have been backing with $5 billion for the last five or ten years, our own people, are doing the shooting, we are telling them to doing the shooting, we are behind them, and we're the ones who are the separatists? What has happened is that the Western Ukraine, the U.S. part, are the separatists trying to break up the Ukraine, in keeping, pretty much, with what Brzezinski advised in his book some years ago when he said breaking Ukraine off from Russia would be the equivalent of blocking any Russian potential military power. Now, the only American who's spoken up against this was, last Friday, very quickly, President Carter.

And Jimmy Carter said in an interview with Salon he's very worried. He says, quote, "The rest of the world, almost unanimously, looks at America as the No. 1 warmonger. That we revert to armed conflict almost at the drop of a hat--and quite often it's not only desired by the leaders of our country, but it's also supported by the people of America."Now, the next day in The Financial Times they did an interview with Singapore's prime minister, Lee. And the prime minister, Lee, said, I think you--to the Financial Times interviewer, "I think you should have thought of that before encouraging the demonstrators on the Maidan." I think some people--meaning the U.S.--didn't think through all the consequences. Can you take responsibility for the consequences? And when it comes to grief, will you be there? You can't be there, since you have so many other interests to protect. So what foreign leaders are saying: look what American's doing. This is what it did in the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, and again with the Czechs in 1968. It encourages foreign groups to fight against the Russians, promises support, and then it just leaves them hanging. The Ukrainians in the East are--the Russian-speakers, are very worried, because the separatists in the West, the American-backed separatists, have already begun to cut off water to Crimea, saying, well, you're not going to get the water, we're going to starve you out. They've already come and gone into Eastern Ukraine.

They've closed down the Russian-speaking TV stations, saying, if you're trying to defend against the IMF and the eurozone austerity plan that we have, if you're disagreeing with austerity, if you're disagreeing for our removing the gas subsidy and making you--razing your rights, we're accusing you of separatism. They've begun to arrest protesters against austerity. They've sent in assassination squads to begin killing the people who are protesting the Western-backed austerity plans for the Ukrainians. Now, already in today's news you have Ukrainians in Western Ukraine saying, wait a minute, our jobs, to the extent that we're working for factories and industry--we make real cars for Russia, we make inputs to Russian armaments for the airplanes, for the other things--our market is in Russia. We've tried to sell to Germany. We're not able to sell to Germany.

Andrew Jack in today's Financial Times has an article on that, that there's already very low living standards in the Eastern Ukraine. Their only hope is to keep employment. Their only means of employment is to sell to Russia. And now they're being forced into a condition to say, look, either you separate, or we'll separate and leave you. Putin has continually said he has no desire at all for Russia to take part of the Eastern Ukraine. And the reason is quite simple. It's been simple for the last 20 years. Ukraine is not really very self-supporting. It's a burden to whoever takes it. Russia doesn't want the burden of supporting the Ukraine. So Putin has asked for a meeting with the Europeans and the Americans to talk about a federal Ukraine, sort of a loose federation where each region will have its own autonomy and all the three regions will agree not to have atom bombs right on their border. What President Obama said over the weekend was, we will only have a meeting if you surrender, Russia, to us, if you agree not to charge Ukraine for gas, if you agree to give them gas for nothing at all, without getting paid for gas month after month. You have to promise to keep giving all of Ukraine gas. You have to give them the money so they can buy our arms to fight against you. And the president has just--Obama, has just sent naval vessels with atomic weapons into the Black Sea, threatening Putin to wipe out Russia in 20 minutes. He's threatening World War III. Europeans are scared stiff about this because they know that they'll be the first recipients of a Russian retaliation. Why is America rattling this? It's as if Obama is channeling Dick Cheney.

Why is he not telling the American people, look, we've backed opponents to Russia and I'm afraid they've got out of hand, we're really very sorry that they've been shooting innocent civilians, we're sorry they're sorry acting illegally, we're sorry they're kleptocrats, we're sorry they have closed all other Russian-speaking TV stations, we're sorry that they're--you know, this is bad behavior, this is not democracy, what we want to back is democracy? But he's not saying that. He's saying, not only are we backing the right-wingers, but we told Putin that there's no--don't even bother coming to a meeting with us unless you give Ukraine gas for nothing. Well, Putin gave a speech in Russia saying that Russia is the only country that actually gives to the Ukraine, that is actually giving them gas. He says that the West has been encouraging him, egging them on, but hasn't been giving given them any money at all. Now Germany's worried--and that's why it was the German television station that did this investigative report--Germany's worried because it gets its gas over a pipeline that runs through the Ukraine. And the Ukrainians' Svoboda Party, the party in charge of investigating the Maidan massacre, is saying, we're going to blow up the pipelines to Russia, because what we want to do is prevent Russia from getting the foreign exchange by selling its gas that it would use to build up its military power.So someone in the neocon administration here in America has said, look, if we can just stop Russia from getting export payments for its gas, it won't have enough money for militarization and we'll win the Cold War.

This is the coup de grace, as Brzezinski wrote in his book before. And this is crazy. The Russians say, well, it's true that Ukraine is making a lot of our arms, that we're importing it from them, but we can replicate the factories here. It'll cost us a little more money, but we have unemployment in Russia. We're going to have to actually build up our own industry. And we're obviously thinking very quickly of how much we can export to China, Iran. They're immediately making a rapprochement with Iran. They're now questioning whether they're going to let the Americans withdraw from Afghanistan through Russia by saying, wait a minute, if you just moved naval vessels with atomic weapons right into the Black Sea, threatening, you know, to bomb us, we're not going to let your army come into Russia from Afghanistan, because you may just keep on coming. This is crazy. This is what the whole world is talking about, and there's a total news blackout here. Now, normally there's only a news blackout like that if there's something very serious going on. I can see Obama is worried about how is he going to go down in history coming off like George Bush with his weapons of mass destruction line, but we may not have more, in a couple of days, of history left if he continues along this path. It's like the Tom Lehrer song, so long, mommy, I'm off to drop the bomby, I'll be home when the war is over, a couple of hours from now. That's the kind of danger that we're in. And it's as if the Americans said, well, it's all about freedom fighters trying to defend themselves against the Russian bear, where it's really a case of America trying to goad Russia into acting intemperately. So the question is: where are we going to go from here?

Michael Hudson: A German TV investigation disproves the West's claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors

Warren, April 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Published on 16 Apr 2014

Michael Hudson: A German TV investigation disproves the West's claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors, making this President Obama's WMD moment

marknesop, April 17, 2014 at 7:51 am

That's very interesting. Hudson is a little wobbly on the notion of a single USN warship carrying "atomic weapons" menacing the whole of Russia and frightening Europe out of its wits, but otherwise it sounds quite compelling and the economic component is just as we have been saying here for a long time; that the EU Association agreement was a terrible deal for Ukraine and would do absolutely nothing to arrest its poverty – would instead accustom it to living off of IMF loans while its resources were looted, and would close it off from its Russian markets or else flood Russia's markets with cheap EU goods and the goods the EU would not buy from Ukraine.

This is an "alternative" news site; I hope the story develops some legs in the popular press and they do not just try to bury it, and truly it would benefit from some independent analysis because this story – it was all the opposition – also sounds too pat and it seemed clear from earlier video that the shots were coming from more than one direction although the Hotel Ukraine (under the control of Maidanites) was definitely one of them. I was surprised to see Singapore's leadership come out with the position that instability is helpful to the west's achievement of its goals.

A Georgian General named Tristan Tsitelashvili claims that 4 Georgian snipers were the ones who shot dead the Maidan activists on 20 February

yalensis, April 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm
A Gruzian General named Tristan Tsitelashvili claims that 4 Gruzian snipers were the ones who shot dead the Maidan activists on 20 February, thus sparking the revolution that brought the Banderites to power in Kiev.

Tsitelashvili is a General in Gruzian armed forces, a veteran of Abkhazian war, and he claims he knows the identity of the 4 snipers. He says they were dispatched to Kiev by Saakashvili.

He also says these 4 Gruzians didn't even bother hiding themselves, and in fact they appeared on the stage many times and orated to the Maidanuts.

Moscow Exile , April 12, 2014 at 5:42 am
German ARD TV channel news programme Tagesschau:

Neue Hinweise auf Maidan-Schützen

New evidence on Maidan Snipers

Seven weeks after the fatal Kiev shootings which led to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich's government, evidence is building up that casts serious doubt upon the official version of events. According to WDR "Monitor", it is unlikely that the shooting of demonstrators was undertaken exclusively by the Yanukovich government side.

At a press conference a week ago, the Attorney General's Office and the new transitional government categorically stated what had happened, subsequently stating that twelve members of the now-defunct special unit "Berkut" were considered to be the chief suspects.

Investigators doubt the prosecution version

A high-ranking member of the Ukrainian government teams that are involved in the investigation, has placed the Prosecutor General's statement in doubt. "My findings do not agree with that which the prosecutor stated at the press conference", Monitor has been told by the investigator, who wishes to remain anonymous.

The ARD programme also has a recording of the radio traffic between the snipers who were acting for former President Yanukovich's side and who apparently were stationed on the morning of February 20 on different roofs in the centre of Kiev. This conversation was recorded by a Ukrainian amateur radio operator and Monitor has managed to get hold of it. There can be heard what sounds like a sniper asking his colleagues over the radio: "Who just shot then, because our people are not shooting at the unarmed?" A short time later another says: "Someone has just shot him, but we didn't do it" and then adds: "Are there some more snipers? Who are they??"

Also shots from the Hotel Ukraina

On videos it can also be appreciated that the oppositionists shot on Institutskaya Street were shot at not only from the direction of the government buildings, but also from the Hotel Ukraina, which was behind of them. In an interview with Monitor, which has been confirmed by a witness who had been present on the day between the hotel and the government buildings and who can be made out on several videos: "We were shot at from the front and from the rear from about the eighth or ninth floor of the Hotel Ukraina. These were definitely professionals".

The hotel where numerous media representatives were housed, was securely held on that day by the opposition. On the morning of the 20th of February they had set up entry control to the building: into the hotel went only those who had a room key or who could identify themselves.

Lawyers have received no information

The lawyers representing those wounded have raised serious allegations against the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office. The results of the investigation have almost been completely held back from them. "We have not been told what type of weapon was used; we have not been given access to expert opinion; we have received no information concerning any plans of action that are to be taken. We have none of the legal documents that the contending parties have drawn up either. We just cannot tell you what actually happened according to the point of view of the State Prosecution. "One of the lawyers has even compared this with how things were done in the Soviet Union and under Yanukovich: "The State Prosecution Office has not correctly carried out due procedure: they are protecting their own people and are biased, just like before".

February 20th was the bloodiest day of unrest around Independence Square in Kiev. According to official figures, more than 30 people died that day on Institutskaya Street.

marknesop , April 12, 2014 at 11:13 am
This is the first evidence I have seen that Yanukovych actually did have snipers – probably not categorized that way officially, more likely something like "expert marksmen" – deployed on rooftops. Now that it is mentioned, it stands to reason that he would, and if he did not think of it himself it would have been recommended to him by his paramilitary commanders. However, this is significant because it (a) contributes strongly to the believability of the claim that government snipers deliberately shot unarmed demonstrators, and (b) an effort to capitaize on it would almost certainly have to have been planned by someone who was briefed on or otherwise knew of the government's deployment of such professionals. In short, someone who knew of an opportunity which would not have been known to the public at large did know of it and seized it.

It seems quite apparent that government forces had been given strict instructions not to fire on anyone who was not armed. And I believe the claims of people being shot at night or that snipers were "shooting to blind people" can be discounted; firelight is notoriously difficult to shoot by, and the latter claim was advanced only for simpletons.

[Apr 13, 2014] Junta has cut down trees on Instituskoy Street to make the determination of the direction of line of fire more difficult

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[Video] Junta has cut down trees on Instituskoy Street to make the determination of the direction of fire more difficult

[Apr 06, 2014] Why snipers did not shoot the leaders of protesters, but did shoot several officers of law enforcement forces?

But really, why "specially traine snipers from Berkut" did killed the leaders "evroMaidana" and shot rank-and-file protesters. Killing leaders is what snipers are for.
Apr 4, 2014 | colonelcassad.livejournal.com

А ведь действительно, почему "кровавые снайперы Беркута" убивали митинговое мясо и имея обучных снайперов не зачистили вожаков "евромайдана".

[Mar 30, 2014] Lavrov Russia has info about Ukraine's Right Sector involved in Kiev sniper shooting

ITAR-TASS Russia

Russia has some information about Ukrainian far-right movement Right Sector involved in the shooting of snipers in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Sunday Time programme anchored by Irada Zeinalova on Channel One on Sunday. Pettiness of foreign sponsors of new authorities in Kiev is astonishing, he added.

"We have some information about it. We shared our concerns and suspicions. I cannot affirm with absolute determination, but there is a good deal of facts that point to this. Certainly, it is needed to recheck them. I hope that an investigation which current Ukrainian leaders announced will be finalised and will not be swept under carpet," Lavrov noted.

[Mar 21, 2014] Sniper rifle, which Pashinsky helped to remove from Maidan

Mar 21, 2014 | Polemika.com.ua

18 февраля 2014 года, приблизительно в 13:20, на улице Институтской противостояние между участниками акций неповиновия и правоохранителями было в разгаре. Через полчаса их начнут теснить на Кловский спуск, но в 13:20 бойцы спецподразделий стояли сткой против стки активистов. Между людьми и щитами сотрудников МВД была мертвая зона, куда никто из протестующих не заходил ввиду того, что со стороны милиции момтально начинали стрелять.

Вдруг всеобщее внимание привлек человек, идущий в сторону правоохранителей. Человек делал движия левой ладонью, как будто приветствовал силовиков или говорил… "я свой"?

Одет мужчина был так же, как множество рядовых "майдановцев" в те дни – маска, каска (приметная, белая), бронежилет.

Человек подошел к припаркованному автомобилю, сел в него, отъехал. Многие из стоящих протестующих растерялись, не веря собствным глазам. Со стороны милиции не прозвучало ни единого выстрела, хотя неизвестный даже не снял маску.

HONDA CIVIC синего цвета поехала прямо на людей, те расступились. Машина проскочила бы сквозь толпу, если бы не один из мужчин, который начал кричать: "Остановите его, кто это вообще такой?!".

Авто остановили. Водитель вышел, по требованию показал докумты. Ему приказали снять маску. Сначала он возражал: "Не могу, если мты мя узнают, мне конец".

Под напором протестующих человек лицо открыл. Лицо неизвестного засняли несколько присутствующих, в том числе журналисты.

Люди захотели осмотреть машину, водитель начал нервничать. Открыли багажник, обнаружили винтовку с глушителем.

Не успели собравшиеся осознать увидное, как перед ними появился народный депутат Сергей Пашинский с группой поддержки. Как утверждают, он буквально примчался на место обнаружия винтовки с улицы Шелковичной.

Не говоря ни слова, не коммтируя мрачную находку, Пашинский знаками приказал сопровождавшим его людям и водителю машины сесть в авто. После чего просто уехал.

Ни крики людей "эй, куда вы его везете?!", ни протесты присутствовавших на месте журналистов (на фото – оператор "5 канала") на народного избранника не произвели впечатлия.

Машина умчалась вниз по Шелковичной.

Перед вами единствный сюжет, попавший на ТВ. По неизвестным причинам, остальные каналы видео не показали, и новости о том, что из эпицтра событий, оттуда, где неизвестные снайперы уже убивали людей (и убьют до конца противостояния еще немало), увезли винтовку, не сообщили. Но к этому мы еще вернемся.

Кем был этот неизвестный? Что за ружье лежало у него в багажнике? Почему Пашинский увез его, не объяснив своих действий?

Интернет взорвался вопросами. По запросу "Пашинский ружье" поисковик Google выдает семьдесят тысяч результатов.

А что же нынешний глава АП? Ничего. Ни разу не объяснил он случившегося. Создается впечатлие, что Сергей Владимирович мечтает лишь об одном – чтобы обществность забыла, а тема "замялась".

С учетом повышного внимания к его персоне, вызванной "мутными" многомиллионными схемами, Пашинскому упоминание о винтовке, что называется, "не в тему".

[Mar 15, 2014] Radoslaw Sikorski is a Handsome, Urbane, Well-Educated Twat – The Ignominious Collapse of British Journalism

The Kremlin Stooge

Al, March 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm

BBC World News is now running a loaded Panorama documentary on Ukraine & Crimea right now. They dealt early on with the snipers from Hotel Ukraina and aired an unverified recording of what they claim is Berkut telling snipers to take position on the top floor of the hotel and simply haven't questioned its veracity. It doesn't really get any better with the BBC guy going to Crimea and the base commander confronting the masked troops (clearly because he has made the calculation that he will not be shot dead live on tv).

It's not that I think that all journalists are fç"'àng stupid, ignorant bastards, editors have a serious responsibility here and are known to butcher good reporting, but what happened to presenting a properly balanced analysis of the situation without leading the viewer or listener with smoke and mirrors, and letting them make their own up mind, FFS? Those fuezing twats who want to 'tell the story' in an emotional and attached way serve nothing but their own egos inthat they think they are doing something. Leaving a mark on the world. Making a difference. How fuceing deluded is that when any normal person knows that foreign policy is simply straightforward amoral interest led state policy and totally controlled by the political class who are never effected by any reporting unless it can be selectively taken advantage of and coinciding with the state policy. Big media and journalism mostly deserves to die, but they don't give a sh*t. It's a career, innit? /rant

Fortunately, I know the other 99% of rest of us are normal.

kirill, March 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

So, some recording is produced to reconcile the contradiction, eh? Hotel Ukraina was occupied by Right Sector during the sniper attack. Even one of the BBC reporters on the team that shot the video saw what one of the shooters from the window was wearing. And it wasn't a Berkut uniform but the standard Right Sector improvised military-wannabe garb.

Anyway, funny how the west never considers motive when dealing with alleged crimes of governments who are disloyal. WTF would Yanukovich order a pretext against himself after months of bending over backward to please the west? A proper crackdown would have been to send in the army to clear the militants out and not to create martyrs out of them. The western media spew insults the intelligence so much that it hurts.

[Mar 13, 2014] Yakimenko accuses EuroMaidan leaders of hiring snipers; allegations denounced by Katya Gorchinskaya

KyivPost

Former State Security Head of Ukraine Oleksandr Yakimenko blames Ukraine's current government for hiring snipers on Feb. 20, when dozens of people were killed and hundreds more wounded. The victims were mainly EuroMaidan Revolution demonstrations, but some police officers were also killed. This was the deadliest day during the EuroMaidan Revolution, a three-month uprising that claimed 100 lives.

Yakimenko also blamed the United States for organizing and financing the revolution by bringing illegal cash in using diplomatic mail.

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine dismissed the charges as ludicrous, while another official with the current government called the accusations "cynical" propaganda with no factual basis.

... ... ...

Yakimenko made these and other accusations in a 10-minute exclusive interview to Russia's Vesti channel in an undisclosed location.

"The shots sounded from the building of Philharmonics," Yakimenko told Vesti. "This was the building supervised by (now National Security Council Chief Andriy) Parubiy."

He said the snipers were shooting in the back of the running police, as well as at protesters. He said there were two groups of "well-dressed" snipers, each composed of 10 people, operating in the building. Yakimenko said their exit was witnessed by both SBU operatives and protesters themselves.

He said one of the groups of snipers disappeared, but the other one relocated to Hotel Ukraina and continued to kill the protesters at a slower pace. Yakimenko said at that point representatives of Svoboda and Right Sector appealed to him to deploy SBU's special unit Alfa to destroy the snipers.

Yakimenko claims that he was ready to do it, but did not get the permission of Parubiy, who supervised the self-defense forces.

"To get inside EuroMaidan I needed Parubiy's permission because the forces of self-defense would hit me in the back," Yakimenko said. "But Parubiy did not give me such a permission."

"Not a single weapon could get onto Maidan without Parubiy's permission," he said, adding that EuroMaidan protesters used mercenaries from former defense ministry's special units, as well as foreign mercenaries, including those from former Yugoslavia.

... ... ....

Yankimenko says that Parubiy, as well as a number of other organizers of EuroMaidan, received direct orders from the U.S. government. Among those people he named former and current intelligence chiefs Mykola Malomuzh and Viktor Gvozd, former Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko and leader of the opposition Petro Poroshenko.

"These are the forces that were doing everything they were told by the leaders and representatives of the United States," he says. "They, in essence lived in the U.S. embassy. There wasn't a day when they did not visit the embassy."

... ... ...

SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko is also accused of playing to the tune of the Americans. The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine commented on these accusations in just one word: "ludicrous."

All orders were given either by the U.S. or EU ambassador Jan Tombinski, "who in essence is a Polish citizen."

"The role of Poland cannot be evaluated," Yakimenko said. "It dreams about restoring its old wish, Rzeczpospolita."

The EU Delegation had no comment about the accusations.

The former SBU chief also talked at length about the financing of EuroMaidan protests, saying much of it came directly from the U.S., and that some Ukrainian oligarchs, including Poroshenko, Dmytro Firtash and Viktor Pinchuk.

"From the beginning of Maidan we as a special service noticed a significant increase of diplomatic cargo to various embassies, western embassies located in Ukraine," says Yakimenko. "It was tens of times greater than usual diplomatic cargo supplies." He says that right after such shipments crisp, new U.S. dollar bills were spotted on Maidan.

He said Ukraine's oligarchs were also financing Maidan because they were "hostages of the situation and had no choice" because most of their assets are located in the west.

Behind The Kiev Snipers It Was Somebody From The New Coalition - A Stunning New Leak Released

Zero Hedge

The last time a leaked phone call out of Ukraine was released about a month ago ostensibly by the Russian NSA equivalent, one between US assistant sec state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, it was revealed that the real puppet masters behind the Maidan movement, and the true instigators of the Ukraine "revolution" were none other than the "developed" world superpowers, lead by the US. Also revealed were tensions between the US and EU strategies on how to overthrow the current government, culminating with the infamous "Fuck the EU." Needless to say the US, which implicitly confirmed the recording, was angry at Russia and accused it of using dirty tricks.

That's ironic, because when it comes to "dirty tricks" what is about to be presented, blows the top off anything Russia may or has done to date.

Earlier today an even more shocking recording has been "leaked" this time one between the always concerned about human rights EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet, in which it is revealed on tape that all those photos of horrifying deaths of Ukrainians by snipers during the last days of the Median stand off, were in fact caused not by Snipers controlled by Yanukovich, but that the snipers shot at both protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders!

Here is the key exchange, just after 8 minutes into the conversation :

Paet: "All the evidence shows that people who were killed by snipers from both sides, policemen and people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides. ... Some photos that showed it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it is really disturbing that now the new coalition they don't want to investigate what exactly happened. So there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition."

Ashton: "I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn't pick that up, that's interesting. Gosh."

Paet: "It already discreditates (sic) this new coalition."

So first US orchestrates the Kiev overthrow, and now the new "leaders" of Ukraine are allegedly found to have fired against their own people - the same provocation they subsequently used to run Yanukovich out of the country and install a pro-Western puppet government. Of course, said pro-Western coalition has not been discreditated (sic) because Ms. Ashton has sternly refused to investigate, knowing quite well how horribly this would reflect on the new Ukraine "leadership" - a government which shot its own people to fabricate the pretext under which it rose to power.

Is it any wonder then that Russia has responded the way it has?

As for at least one of the affected parties, Estonia, it has just confirmed the authenticity of the recording, and the ministry of foreign affairs has organized a press conference to answer media questions today at 5 pm. From the Valisministeerium:

No. 84-E Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton uploaded to the Internet today, a phone call is authentic.

Paet and Ashton conversation took place on 26 February, following Estonia's Foreign Minister's visit to Ukraine, and immediately after the end of the street violence.

Foreign Minister Paet communicate what he had said about the meetings held in Kiev last day and expressed concern about the situation.

"It is extremely regrettable that such an interception is occurring at all""said Paet., Including its call for today's photos are not random," he added.

Yes, it is truly regrettable that the people know the truth.

[Mar 09, 2014] Kiev snipers Who was behind them By Mike Eckel

Is this a damage control mode?
CSMonitor.com

Putin has pushed the idea that the sniper shootings were ordered by opposition leaders, while Kremlin officials have pointed to a recording of a leaked phone call between Estonia's foreign minister and the European Union's foreign policy chief as evidence to back up that version.

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. A majority of the more than 100 people who died in the violence were shot by snipers; hundreds were also injured by the gunfire and other street fighting.

... ... ....

Russia has used the uncertainty surrounding the bloodshed to discredit Ukraine's current government. During a news conference Tuesday, Putin addressed the issue in response to a reporter's question, suggesting that the snipers in fact "may have been provocateurs from opposition parties."

That theory gained currency a day later when a recording of a Feb. 26 private phone call between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was leaked and broadcast by the Russian government-controlled TV network, Russia Today. In the call, Paet said he had heard from protesters during a visit to Kiev that opponents of Yanukovych were behind the sniper attacks.

Paet said another physician who treated victims, Dr. Olha Bogomolets, told him that both police and protesters were killed by the same bullets - and "there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new (government) coalition."

On Wednesday Paet confirmed the recording was authentic, and told reporters in Tallinn that he was merely repeating what Bogomolets had told him. He said he had no way of verifying the claims, though he called Bogomolets "clearly a person with authority."

Bogomolets couldn't be immediately reached by the AP for comment. She did not answer repeated calls to her cellphone or respond to text messages.

In an interview earlier this week with a correspondent from British newspaper The Telegraph, Bogomolets said she didn't know if police and protesters were killed by the same bullets, and called for a thorough investigation.

"No one who just sees the wounds when treating the victims can make a determination about the type of weapons," she was quoted as saying. "I hope international experts and Ukrainian investigators will make a determination of what type of weapons, who was involved in the killings and how it was done. I have no data to prove anything."

On Thursday, Russia's U.N. envoy said he discussed the leaked phone call during a closed-door meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

If the call represents the truth, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters, "it is hard to imagine how such a parliament ... can be regarded as a legitimate parliament that can pass legitimate decisions on the future of Ukraine."

A former top security official with Ukraine's main security agency, the SBU, waded into the confusion, in an interview published Thursday with the respected newspaper Dzerkalo Tizhnya. Hennady Moskal, who was deputy head of the agency, told the newspaper that snipers from the Interior Ministry and SBU were responsible for the shootings, not foreign agents.

"In addition to this, snipers received orders to shoot not only protesters, but also police forces. This was all done in order to escalate the conflict, in order to justify the police operation to clear Maidan," he was quoted as saying.

Evidence Shows Kiev Putschists Recruited Euromaidan Snipers

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed it. On February 25 , he and EU foreign policy Catherine Ashton spoke.

They were monitored. They didn't know it at the time. Their discussion was leaked.

Paet talked to Ashton after returning from Kiev, he said. "At the time, (he) was already in Estonia," he added.

On Wednesday, he held a press conference. He issued a statement saying Euromaidan killings demand an independent investigation.

Estonia's Foreign Ministry confirmed the leaked phone call's authenticity.

"We reject the claim that Paet was giving an assessment of the opposition's involvement in the violence," it stressed.

It's impossible reinterpreting what he meant.

He only commented on what he heard in Kiev. He spilled the beans. Intentionally or not, he confirmed what's been independently believed all along.

Ukraine's legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych was wrongfully blamed. He had nothing to do with Euromaidan killings.

The operation was a classic false flag. It was staged to blame him. It's now exposed.

Cui bono matters most. Yanukovych's involvement had everything to lose and nothing to gain.

Catherine Ashton's spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic, was silent. "(W)e don't comment on leaked phone conversations," she said.

Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) officials loyal to Yanukovych reportedly hacked phones used by Paet and Ashton. They uploaded what they heard online.

Paet was heard saying "there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition."

"All the evidence shows" they were shooting at people from both sides. They targeted police and protesters. Yanukovych was wrongfully blamed.

Ashton was nonplussed. She was tongue-tied. She was caught red-handed. She's part of the dirty scheme to oust him.

She reacted saying: "Well, yeah...that's, that's terrible. I think we do want to investigate."

"I mean, I didn't pick that up. That's interesting. Gosh." Expect all-out efforts to bury the story. Whether it's possible remains to be seen.

Paet spoke to Kiev doctor Olga Bogomolets. She's a Bogomolets National Medical University professor.

It's named after her great-grandfather Oleksandr. He founded and served as its Institute of Dermatology and Cosmetology chief.

She said snipers shot protesters and police. Paet called Dr. Bogomolets' evidence "quite disturbing."

She showed him photos. They revealed "the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it's really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don't want to investigate what exactly happened," said Paet.

During weeks of protests, nearly 100 people were killed. Another 900 were injured.

US-linked Putschists were responsible. Perhaps CIA elements were involved. The game is as old as empire. Victims are blamed for perpetrator crimes.

Saddam was accused of having nonexistent WMDs. Gaddafi faced numerous false charges.

Assad repeatedly is blamed for US-supported death squad crimes.

Media scoundrels regurgitate official lies. They're complicit in imperial lawlessness.

So-called British forensic expects wrongfully blamed Yanukovych for putschist-linked sniper killings.

They refused to reveal their identity. They claimed useful evidence obtained for future prosecutions, they said.

They called what happened politically sensitive. They were part of an elaborate false flag scheme. Yanukovych was wrongfully blamed.

Paet blamed putschists for cover-up. "They don't want to investigate what exactly happened," he said.

They want it suppressed. Snipers were neo-Nazi hitmen. Yanukovych maintained his innocence.

He gave no orders to shoot, he stressed. He's wrongfully accused of mass murder. He's blamed for US-linked putschists' crimes.

This type information should making game-changing headlines. Expect all-out efforts to keep fingers pointed the wrong way.

Expect little said about Putin's 2014 Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Norwegian Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad revealed it.

The International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation Among Nations of the World (IASUCANW) nominated him.

He's one of 278 candidates. They include 47 organizations. On Tuesday, Nobel Committee members met. They added their own proposals.

They focused on recent global turmoil. According to Lundestad:

"Part of the purpose of the committee's first meeting is to take into account recent events, and committee members try to anticipate what could be the potential developments in political hotspots."

Other 2014 nominees include Pope Francis, Edward Snowden, Bradley (Chelsea) Manning, and Malala Yousafzai.

She's perhaps the world's most famous teenager. She's called one of the world's 100 most influential people. In April 2013, Time magazine featured her on its cover.

She was nominated last year. She's a Pakistani blogger/activist for women's rights and education.

In October 2012, she boarded a school bus. Gunmen targeted her. She was shot in the left side of her forehead.

She was unconscious in critical condition. She survived. She remains threatened.

On October 10, this year's Peace Prize winner will be announced.

Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov both are worthy. They collaborate for peace.

They go all-out for it. They want conflicts resolved diplomatically. They persevere against long odds.

They persist tirelessly. They deserve recognition for their efforts.

Last October, IASUCANW President Georgiy Trapeznikov said its nominating "letter was sent to the Nobel Committee September 16 and it was received September 20."

"Vladimir Putin has proved his adherence to the cause of peace."

"We know very well what peacemaking role our president played in conflict regions, especially Beslan and South Ossetia."

He's very much involved in resolving Syria's conflict peacefully. He supports unity governance resolution in Ukraine the same way.

His press secretary Dmitry Pekov said:

"The primary criterion for the president is satisfaction from a job well done." He seeks no special recognition or awards.

State Duma MP Iosif Kobzon said Putin deserves this year's prize. He's polar opposite Obama.

"Barack Obama is the man who has initiated and approved the United States' aggressive actions in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Kobzon.

He bears full responsibility for Libya, numerous proxy wars and Ukraine violence.

Nobel Committee members deplore peace. They represent powerful monied interests.

They believe war is peace. It shows in their annual selections.

Past winners included Henry Kissinger, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, FW de Klerk, Al Gore, Kofi Annan, and four US warrior presidents.

Announcing Obama's award, Committee members said:

It reflects his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

He's "work(ed) for a world without nuclear weapons."

He "created a new climate in international politics."

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future."

Throughout his tenure, he waged war on humanity. He has new targets in mind. He wants unchallenged global dominance.

He stops at nothing to get it. Putin is polar opposite. He supports peace and stability.

He champions multi-polar world cooperation. He deserves recognition for his efforts. So does Lavrov for his dedicated collaboration.

Expect malicious Russia bashing to deny them. Warriors win peace prizes. Peacemakers are spurned.

Putin opposes imperial lawlessness. He won't rollover for America. Doing the right thing tarnishes him.

He's public enemy number one. Being on the right side of history has a price. Waging war on humanity is rewarded.

A Final Comment: NATO Saber-Rattling

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is NATO' "principle political decision-making body." On March 4, it met. It did so at Poland's request. It did it under the North Atlantic Treaty's Article 4.

It calls for members to "consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any" is threatened.

Article 5 considers an armed attack (real or otherwise) against one or more members, an attack against all. It calls for collective self-defense.

No threat whatever exists. Ukraine isn't a NATO member. Not yet at least.

Its statement said "Russia continues to violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to violate its international commitments."

"These developments present serious implications for the security and stability of the Euro...Atlantic area."

"Allies stand together in the spirit of strong solidarity in this grave crisis."

"We undertake to pursue and intensify our rigorous and on-going assessment of the implications of this crisis for Alliance security, in close coordination and consultation."

"We continue to support all constructive efforts for a peaceful solution to the current crisis in accordance with international law."

"We welcome the ongoing efforts undertaken by the United Nations, the European Union, the OSCE and the Council of Europe."

"We will continue to consult with Ukraine within the NATO-Ukraine Commission."

"We will engage with Russia in the NATO-Russia Council. We will hold a meeting" Wednesday. What follows remains to be seen.

Чьи снайперы?

Просочившиеся признания о снайперах из разговора - вещь очь важная, но в то же время и довольно очевидная. Небольшой коммт по поводу текста этого разговора, а так же поста Соломатина.

1) То что эти снайперы не были выгодны Януковичу - вполне логично. За три месяца "Майдана" тактика булавочных уколов со стороны власти полностью показала непродуктивность. Каждый раз его удавалось частично потеснить, но на следующий дь толпа только разрасталась. Ограничные расстрелы из-за угла могли кого-то испугать, но в большей степи только разозлить майданную толпу. То есть в окружии Януковича должно было уже сформироваться понимание что с Майданом нужно примять либо оборонительно-выжидательную тактику ("войну на истощие") либо жёсткую силовую, полный разгон и зачистку. Анонимные снайперы и несколько десятков трупов в течии пары дней - самый плохой вариант для власти. Со стороны Януковича более эффективной тактикой провокаций была бы стрельба в сторону правоохранителей, с существными потерями и озвреием с их стороны, и затем жёсткая зачистка Майдана.

2) Версия что за этими расстрелами стоит Путин и российские спецслужбы - теоретически такие кульбиты можно придумать, но это логический эквивалт путешествия из Москвы в Киев через Северный полюс. То есть такой заранее продуманный план - сначала нужно было максимально разозлить толпу, максимально дискредитировать действующую власть, добиться её позорного бегства и закреплия в Киеве путчистов, наимее приемлемых для России, и затем вводить войска в Крым, прикрываясь этой самой бывшей властью, которую больше не воспринимают серьёзно даже её бывшие сторонники (и которую в самом Крыму не особно любят)? Самому-то не смешно, Михаил Соломатин?

3) Если есть кто-то кому наиболее выгодны эти снайперы, то это кто-то из путчистов, нынешней времной власти. Имно как хороший триггер, максимально озлобляющий толпу и дискредитирующий действующую власть, то что способствует успеху переворота. Соломатин пишет что только путинские спецслужбы могли организовать этих снайперов, украинской хунте это не по силам по причине общего распиздяйства. Но высокой снайперской и разведывательной квалификации для этих действий как раз не требовалось - вовсе не надо 100% точности стрельбы, идеального выдержанного графика и т.д. Для роли этих снайперов вполне достаточно было средней воной подготовки, и более-мее приличной организации. А главное что требовалось - не попадаться. Для этой цели более всего подходят фигуранты с хорошей местной осведомлённостью и местными связями, а не мифические иностранные агты из России. Наиболее действна в этом отношии имно стрельба во все стороны для максимизации хаоса и озлоблия. Причём преимуществно в толпу, а не в "Беркут" и милицию - просто потому что со стороны последней более вероятно получить отпор и попасться на этом. Для этого не требовалась, конечно, широкая осведомлённость со стороны бывшей оппозиции, вполне достаточно узкого круга.

Неудивительно что сразу после бегства Януковича тема сразу как-то отошла на второй план. Казалось бы, тематика "ужасных злодейств прошлой власти", их быстрое раскрытие и основанная на этом чистка предыдущей администрации - очь выигрышный фактор легитимизации новой власти, пришедшей в результате переворота. Но это почему-то перестали раскручивать. Толпе бросили идеологическую кость - "небесная сотня" и всё такое, но с расследованием как-то совсем не спешат. Неудивительно что майданная толпа подозревает кто в них на самом деле стрелял - что и признано в разговоре Эштон и Паэта.

Ukraine crisis: bugged call reveals conspiracy theory about Kiev snipers by Ewen MacAskill

5 March 2014 The Guardian

Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet tells EU's Cathy Ashton about claim that provocateurs were behind Maidan killings


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The conversation featuring EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton was posted on YouTube.

A leaked phone call between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet has revealed that the two discussed a conspiracy theory that blamed the killing of civilian protesters in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on the opposition rather than the ousted government.

The 11-minute conversation was posted on YouTube – it is the second time in a month that telephone calls between western diplomats discussing Ukraine have been bugged.

In the call, Paet said he had been told snipers responsible for killing police and civilians in Kiev last month were protest movement provocateurs rather than supporters of then-president Viktor Yanukovych. Ashton responds: "I didn't know … Gosh."

The leak came a day after the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said the snipers may have been opposition provocateurs. The Kremlin-funded Russia Today first carried the leaked call online.

The Estonian foreign ministry confirmed the leaked conversation was accurate. It said: "Foreign minister Paet was giving an overview of what he had heard in Kiev and expressed concern over the situation on the ground. We reject the claim that Paet was giving an assessment of the opposition's involvement in the violence." Ashton's office said it did not comment on leaks.

During the conversation, Paet quoted a woman named Olga – who the Russian media identified her as Olga Bogomolets, a doctor – blaming snipers from the opposition shooting the protesters.

"What was quite disturbing, this same Olga told that, well, all the evidence shows that people who 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," Paet said.

"So she also showed me some photos, she said that as medical doctor, she can say it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it's really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don't want to investigate what exactly happened."

"So there is a stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych, it was somebody from the new coalition," Paet says.

Ashton replies: "I think we do want to investigate. I didn't pick that up, that's interesting. Gosh," Ashton says.

Russia Today, reporting the call, said: "The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online."

Last month, a recording was leaked in which US state department official Victoria Nuland was heard venting the White House's frustrations at Europe's hesitant policy towards pro-democracy protests. Speaking to the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, Nuland was heard to say "fuck the EU."

Asked about the emergence of a second embarrassing phonecall, a spokesperson for the US state department said: "As I said around the last unfortunate case, this is just another example of the kind of Russian tradecraft that we have concerns about."

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