Snipers Shooting From Bldg Controlled By Maidan
Forces – Ex-Ukraine Security Chief
March 13, 2014 "Information
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Former chief of Ukraine’s Security Service has
confirmed allegations that snipers who killed dozens
of people during the violent unrest in Kiev operated
from a building controlled by the opposition on
Read full interview with Aleksandr
killed both civilians and police officers were fired
from the Philharmonic Hall building in Ukraine’s
capital, former head of the Security Service of
Ukraine Aleksandr Yakimenko told Russia 1 channel.
The building was under full control of the
opposition and particularly the so-called Commandant
of Maidan self-defense Andrey Parubiy who after the
coup was appointed as the Secretary of the National
Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Yakimenko
the former security chief believes that Parubiy has
been in contact with US Special Forces that could
have coordinated the assault.
“Shots came from the Philharmonic Hall. Maidan
Commandant Parubiy was responsible for this
building. Snipers and people with automatic weapons
were ‘working’ from this building on February 20.
They supported the assault on the Interior Ministry
forces on the ground who were already demoralized
and have, in fact, fled,”
Yakimenko said in an interview with Russian
officers were chased by a group of rioters armed
with various weapons and at that point, Yakimenko
says snipers fired at pursuers themselves.
“When the first wave of shootings ended, many have
witnessed 20 people leaving the building,”
former chief says, noting that they were
well-equipped and were carrying military style bag
for carrying sniper and assault rifles with optical
sights. Not only the law enforcers, but people from
the opposition’s Freedom, Right Sector, Fatherland,
and Klitschko’s UDAR party have also seen this,
security head also said that according to the
intelligence those snipers could be foreigners,
including mercenaries from former Yugoslavia as well
former Special Forces employees from Ukraine’s
claims that Parubiy was part of a group that was
heavily influenced by the people associated with the
US secret services. “These were the forces that
carried out everything that they were told by their
leadership – the United States,” Yakimenko
explained, claiming that Maidan leaders practically
lived in the US embassy.
to Yakimenko, during the massacre the opposition
leaders contacted him and asked him to deploy
special force unit to scoop out the snipers from
buildings in central Kiev, but Parubiy made sure
that won’t happen.
“The Right Sector and Freedom Party have requested
me to use the Alpha group to cleanse these
buildings, stripping them from snipers,”
Yakimenko said. According to him Ukrainian troops
were ready to move in and eliminate the shooters.
“I was ready to do it, but in order to go inside
Maidan I had to get the sanction from Parubiy.
Otherwise the ‘self-defense’ would attack me in the
back. Parubiy did not give such consent,”
Yakimenko said noting that the Maidan leader had
full authority over the access to weapons on Maidan,
and not a single gun including a sniper rifle could
get in or out of the square.
Yakimenko’s account supports previously voiced
concerns over unknown snipers shooting both
protesters and the police indiscriminately – who
were the topic of the recently leaked phone
conversation between EU’s Catherine Ashton and
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet.
In a leaked
phone conversation that took place February 26
Ashton and Paet discussed rumors that snipers were
hired by some of the opposition leaders.
“There is now stronger and stronger understanding
that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but
it was somebody from the new coalition,”
Paet said during the conversation. “I think we
do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that
up, that’s interesting. Gosh,” Ashton answered.
people were killed and another 900 injured during
the violent standoff near Maidan Square in Kiev last
month that forced president Yanukovich out of the
country and installed a new government. Ukrainian
self-proclaimed authorities maintain that the
shooting was authorized by Yanukovich.
Wednesday Moscow suggested setting up a
probe to investigate the crimes perpetrated by
extremist and armed elements of the opposition over
the past three months. The proposal to the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
(PACE) also seeks to examine the legitimacy of the
post-coup Ukrainian government.
took part in Maidan violence – Ex-Ukraine security
13, 2014 "Information
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There is no doubt there were mercenaries at Maidan,
the former head of Ukraine’s security service,
Aleksandr Yakimenko, says.
violence on Maidan which caused almost 100 deaths
was organized by some opposition leaders who poured
Western money and resources into the coup, Yakimenko
told the Russia-1 TV channel. Now Major General
Alexander Yakimenko is in the top five of Maidan’s
hit list. He made it to that list while he was still
in his office in Kiev.
How did you manage to escape?
I am a Security Service officer.
Where did those snipers come from?
First shots were fired from the Philharmonic
building. Maidan Commandant Parubiy was in charge of
the building. On February 20, this building was used
as a base by the snipers and people with automatic
weapons. They basically covered those who were
attacking the demoralized policemen running in
panic, hunted down like animals. They were followed
by armed people with different kinds of weapons. At
that point, somebody opened fire at those who
attacked the police, and some of them were killed.
All this fire was coming from the Philharmonic
building. After this first round of fire, about 20
people came out of this building – this was
witnessed by many. These people wore special combat
clothes and carried sniper rifle cases, as well as
AKMs with scopes. There were witnesses, and not just
our operatives, but also Maidan activists from
Svoboda, Right Sector, Batkivshchyna, and UDAR.
split into two groups – 10 men each. The Security
Service lost track of one of the groups. The other
group took a position at the Ukraine hotel. Killings
continued. In the beginning, when the shots were
scattered, I was asked by Right Sector and Svoboda
to mobilize a Special Forces unit and remove the
snipers from the buildings.
They asked you?
Yes, Right Sector and Svoboda. I was ready to do
that, but I needed Parubiy’s [he is now now the
Secretary of the National Security and Defence
Council of Ukraine in the Turchinov-Yatsenyuk
government] permission to enter Maidan. Otherwise
our officers would’ve been attacked by the
self-defense forces in the back. Parubiy didn’t give
such permission. No weapons could be brought to
Maidan without Parubiy’s permission. Hand guns,
rifles, scopes – he had to agree to all of that. We
had some intel about discharged Ukrainian army
special forces participating in those activities.
Some reports claimed that these were fighters from
former Yugoslavia, as well as mercenaries from other
So you think they were mercenaries?
doubt. Parubiy removed himself from the picture.
This affected the events of the last week. He joined
Poroshenko. Gvozd, Malamuzh, and Gritsenko. These
forces did what they were told by their bosses – the
US. They basically lived in the embassy. They were
there every day.
Is it true that Nalivaichenko allowed the CIA agents
to work in the Security Service building?
Yes, that’s true. He also handed personal files of
his own employees over to the CIA agents to study.
But their mission was interrupted by an armed coup.
The Maidan do not appoint these people; rather, it’s
the US that does it. It’s enough to look at the
newly appointed officials: Parubiy, Gvozd,
Nalyvaichenko are all people who followed somebody
else’s orders, the orders of the US, not even
Europe. They are directly linked to the American
intelligence. They sought to delay the negotiations
and prevent the incumbent president from striking a
deal with Russia and Russia from helping to prop up
the social and economic order in Ukraine. After that
they were planning to depose the president and
integrate Ukraine into Europe, using Russian money.
Who was troubled by the victory of the EU and the
pro-integration forces? Only the US. It was the only
country concerned over a possible alliance of
Europe, Russia and Ukraine. The Customs Union and
the connection between Russia and Ukraine did not
sit well with their plans, either.
doing it ever since Yushchenko was president, and we
couldn’t get rid of them. Once we started to put
pressure, they relocated to Poland, Latvia and
Lithuania. The most interesting part is that many
regional governments spent budget money to pay for
the so-called vyshkoli, i.e. training camps for
militants to fight with various types of weapons.
orders were given either by the US embassy or by Jan
Tombinski, a Polish representative who worked in the
EU mission in Kiev. Poland played an invaluable role
in the coup. It has always dreamt of restoring its
former power and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
the Maidan kicked off, our security service
registered a dramatic increase in diplomatic
correspondence coming in to various Western
embassies in Kiev. There is one more mystery.
Straight after this influx of correspondence we saw
some foreign money at the Maidan and in Kiev
exchange bureaus: the new, re-designed US dollar
So they were bringing in cash?
Yes. Poroshenko, Firtash, Pinchuk – they all poured
money into the Maidan. With all their assets in
foreign banks, they found themselves trapped. So
they had to follow orders from the West. All they
were supposed to do was back the Maidan; otherwise
they would have lost all their assets. They were
thinking about their money rather than their own
country. Unfortunately we couldn’t prevent the
casualties, the people, mainly those who had come
from the Western regions, were sent into the line of
fire. The Maidan militants had left the barricades
after the sniper fire started. But time will set the
story has affected the Berkut guys, the Internal
Troops, the Security Service, too. But ordinary
Ukrainians have suffered as well. And I don’t think
they should have sacrificed their lives for
Yatsenyuk, Klitschko, Poroshenko and others to take
their posts. Ukrainians have lots of patience. But
one day they will run out of it and remove them from
power. I hope that happens soon enough.