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 Yanukovych ordered Zakharchenko and law enforcers to provoke clashes between Maidan protesters

On Feb. 18, 2014, during a peaceful marching titled "Peaceful offensive," militia servicemen, who were fulfilling order of the Interior Ministry leadership, together with "titushkas" [paid demonstrators engaged by authorities against Maidan protesters - ed.] had applied excessive violence by using fire arms and ammunition, thus violating the legislation of Ukraine.

This was announced by head of the special investigation department of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine Serhii Horbatiuk at a briefing Thursday, Censor.NET reports.

"With these activities, the leadership of the country was trying to provoke a conflict among the protesters in order to have grounds for introduction of an anti-terrorist operation, which had been in preparation since January 2014," Horbatiuk said.

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According to him, then-president Yanukovych ordered the provocation to then-Minister of Interior Zakharchenko, his deputy, the leadership of Kyiv militia, interior troops, and SBU.

Horbatiuk also noted that in order to be able to wound the protesters, some servicemen were given pump-action shotguns with lead case-shots bullets.

As a result, the total of 10 people were killed, 509 wounded at Instytutska and Hrushevskoho Streets, Kriposnyi Lane, and Mariinskyi park during the disperse of the demonstration on that day.

In relation to these events, suspicion notes have been served to Yanukovych, Zakharchenko, Ratushniak, former interior troops commander Shuliak, Kyiv militia leadership, and three Berkut soldiers from Kharkiv.
 
 
 
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