"The coordination was centered on ex-minister Zakharchenko and his team which was involved in the coordination, selection, and financing of those titushkas and their leaders. It was all done with the knowledge and at the direction of Viktor Yanukovych, as set out in the notice of suspicion," Serhii Horbatiuk, the head of PGO's special investigation department, said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"Titushkas' actions were not spontaneous but well-coordinated," he stressed.
Horbatiuk says it has been established that Zakharchenko's people, who have been served notices of suspicion, picked people from different regions of Ukraine, who, in turn, "picked fighters for other tasks," UNIAN reports.
"It was a large number of "guests" from Kharkiv (Oplot gang led by Zhylin), Kyiv, headed by semi-criminal elements from Zhytomyr, Bila Tserkva, Nizhyn, and other regions," he said.
According to Horbatiuk, it has also been established that "titushkas were given police equipment, shields, stun grenades, batons, which they used during the protests."