'Titushkas' received 408 rifles and 90,000 rounds of ammunition from Interior Ministry warehouses on Feb. 20, 2014, - PGO

'Titushkas' [paid protesters, usually from lower strata of the society - ed.] were under full coordination of the law enforcement leadership during the Maidan protests of 2014.

Prosecutor General's Office Special Investigations Department Head Serhii Horbatiuk said at a briefing, Censor.NET informs.

"One of the most shameful pages of clashes with activists was employing 'titushkas.' A large number of crimes was carried out exactly by them. In the beginning, the former government pretended to have nothing to do with these persons. They were said to act out of personal initiative or at the orders of unknown persons. But it has been established that those actions were coordinated by the leadership of law enforcement agencies," he said.

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Horbatiuk also stated that from Feb. 18, 'titushkas' started to get explicitly engaged in suppressing the protests.

"They committed crimes ranging from mass beatings to murders. On Feb. 20, the authorities decided to furnish 'titushkas' with firearms, having distributed 408 rifles and some 90,000 rounds of ammunition from Interior Ministry warehouses. One can hardly imagine what those responsible for such a decision had on their minds," Horbatiuk added.

He also noted that more than 30 people had been brought to justice as those involved in 'titushkas' activity, with eight more case having been filed to court. "There is also a court ruling in respect of two people. One person has been given a real sentence," he added.

At the same time, he said the investigation so far has not managed to identify the murderers of Mikhail Zhiznevsky, Serhii Nihoian, and Roman Senyk, who were among the first victims of the Euromaidan events in January 2014.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n375019