"In order to understand who stood behind it, it is necessary to know who could benefit from this. I totally could not. Of course, there was no order to disperse the demonstrators, and there could not be. In my opinion, it was a well-organized provocation to make peaceful protests more radical," Yanukovych said.
He suspects that his then-Chief of Staff Serhii Liovochkin was behind this. "I have no direct evidence that the provocation of Nov. 30 was organized by Liovochkin. However, I believe in good faith that this could be possible," the ex-president said.
Answering the question why he did not immediately punish those responsible for the crackdown, Yanukovych said: "As soos as the investigation had first facts and evidence about those events, I personally fired the Deputy Secretary of the NSDC Syvkovych and Kyiv city mayor Popov; the Minister of Internal Affairs Zaharchenko dismissed the head of the Kyiv Interior Affairs Department Koriak. In order to find out the truth, there had to be an investigation, and that as you know is not a quick process. However, no one waited for the results. The people on the Maidan were quickly imposed the idea that I personally ordered to disperse the students. And your question about who is guilty of the crackdown I would like to address to the current prosecution investigators, who after a year have not given a meaningful response."