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 Maidan case: father of murdered hero Ustym Holodniuk says protesters were just slaughtered while posing no threat

Sviatoshynskyi district court of Kyiv, hearing the case into execution of the Maidan protesters of Feb. 20, 2014, considered the count of murder of Hero of Ukraine Ustym Holodniuk at its ordinary session.

As reported by Censor.NET, the court heard testimony of Ustym's father Volodymyr Holodniuk.

According to Holodniuk, when he got to the area near Zhovtnevyi Palace, where the law enforcers were previously deployed, he found a lot of Kalashnikov shotgun shell casings. Volodymyr also found a Kalashnikov bullet not far from there.

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"7.62. I can recognize it as I know the difference between the shell casings. It was 7.62 x 39," Volodymyr Holodniuk described the ones he found at the scene.

As for the discovered Kalashnikov bullet, Volodymyr said: "It was the tree under which Ihor Kostenko (Maidan activist - Ed.) was killed. It is the tree on the corner of Zhovtnevyi Palace... I watched tons of videos shot on the Maidan. I do not link this bullet to Kostenko's death. I just clearly know where he was killed. He was killed near Ustym. It was captured on camera. Ustym was helping to evacuate him."

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Volodymyr also confirmed that the bullet he had found was stained with blood.

"The blood stains wiped out over time because it was in the pocket... Since I studied ballistics, if you're interested, there's a rim on the bullet's tail which may contain the remnants of tissue and blood. This bullet was not deformed but it bears marks confirming that it passed through the barrel."

Volodymyr Holodniuk, who worked as a law enforcement officer for 14 years, also commented on the actions of the security forces on the Maidan. Asked by the judge how he saw the actions of the law enforcement officers against the Maidan protesters, Holodniuk said: "As those threatening life and health. From my point of view, it was just a massacre... From what I've seen, I can say only one thing: the people (security forces - Ed.) were in cover and were armed. They were opposed by ordinary protesters, who had no weapons and were not dangerous".

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Holodniuk also provided details on the death of another hero of the Heavenly Hundred Viktor Chmilenko. "The video clearly shows him hit by the bullet. I emphasize, Your Honor, that he came there with a stretcher to evacuate a wounded person, but was also shot dead."

As reported, Ustym Holodniuk was evacuating the wounded during the tragic events on the Maidan of Feb. 20, 2014 when he was shot dead by a sniper. Ustym was awarded the Star of Hero of Ukraine Order posthumously.

The security measures were enhanced during the session of the Sviatoshynskyi district court of Kyiv - several buses with police were guarding the court building.
 
 
 
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