In the center of the scheme - the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich who instructed Interior Minister Vitalii Zakharchenko and head of the Security Service Oleksandr Yakymenko to covertly (without regulatory permission) use firearms and excessive force against protesters in order to forcefully suppress the uprising, Censor.NET reports citing LigaBusinessInform.
Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarovorganized the adoption of unlawful decisions by the Cabinet of Ministers onJanuary 22, based on which the police used enhanced stun, gas and smoke grenades and water cannons without temperature limitations.
Deputy Interior Minister Lekar by prior agreement with Deputy Director of the Ministry's Material Support Department Pavlo Zinoviev in January and February 2014 ensured the supply of special means from Russia in Kanuary-February 2014 - stun and flash grenades, manual aerosol grenades with no medical testing, and distributed it to their personnel and the Interior Ministry Internal Troops for use against participants of Maidan. Customs payments for these supplies amounted to 1,177,203.09 hryvnias.
Former head of the Security Service of Ukraine Yakymenko instructed the center of special operations, counter-terrorism (special A unit) of the Security Service to participate in power support of cracking down Maidan. Under his orders the leaders of the counter-terrorism unit approved the means and forces and ordered the subordinate officers the force phase of the anti-terrorist operation in the Trade Unions buildings. Preparation and planning of the force phase was conducted by the headquarters of the counter-terrorism unit of the Service and put into action by the A unit.
Former Interior Minister Zaharchenko instructed his Deputy Ratushnyak and Commander of Interior Troops Shuliak to organize with the forces under their command a forceful dispersal of Maidan with excessive physical violence, special means and firearms. Ratushniack and Shuliak performed the task with the help of the heads of Kiev policeand Berkut (riot police).
Berkut Commander Kusiuk ordered company commander Sadovnyk to equip his personnel and use firearms against the protesters firearms AKMS, SGD and special means Fort 500 with hunting ammunition. Company commander Sadovnyk has provided his subordinates with the above mentioned and on February 20 gave them the order to use firearms with the purpose of mass murder of protesters. As a result, 76 people were killed and 145 received gun wounds. Direct executors of the murders on February 20 were the members of the special company of Berkut.