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 Yanukovych personally ordered Kliuiev and Zakharchenko to crack Maidan activists down, - PGO

The decision to disperse the activists of Euromaidan was personally taken by fourth President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

Head of the Special Investigations Directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine Serhii Horbatiuk said at a briefing, Censor.NET reports citing Vlada.io.

According to Horbatiuk, former Interior Minister Vitalii Zakharchenko and former NSDC Secretary Andrii Kliuiev received the decree on the implementation of these actions. They delegated the authority to execute the decree to National Security and Defense Council Deputy Secretary Volodymyr Sivkovych, Kyiv police Head Valerii Koriak, and former Mayor of Kyiv Oleksandr Popov. Former Deputy Head of Kyiv police Petro Fedchuk and commander of Kyiv detachment of Berkut riot police Colonel Serhii Kosiuk were directing the actions of the law enforcers. All mentioned persons have been served notice of suspicion.

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It was established that over 300 Euromaidan activists were forced back during the crackdown. 84 people totally including 17 students were beaten. According to Horbatiuk, 25 people have been brought to trial for illegal persecution of the Maidan activists as of now.

It was reported earlier that more than 2,000 criminal cases had been initiated into the crimes committed during Euromaidan.

It should be reminded that the International Criminal Court in The Hague has not recognized the actions of the law enforcers against Euromaidan activists in 2013-2014 as crimes against humanity.

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UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns said that most of the evidence of the crimes committed during Euromaidan had been destroyed.

Three former Berkut soldiers were arrested April 24 under charges of involvement in the killings of Feb. 18-20, 2014. The former riot police officers are suspected of committing crimes under Part 3 of the Article 365 (abuse of power resulting in grave consequences), Article 115 (assassination attempt) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

 
 
 
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