Tag Archive: Kiev


Exclusive: Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers In Kiev

 

Russian Snipers Kiev

 

 

” The first crack of a sniper’s round in Kiev’s Independence Square came shortly after nine o’clock on the morning of February 20 and the last about seven hours later at around four o’clock in the afternoon drawing to a close the bloodiest day in what had been a months-long struggle to oust Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych.

  Many of the 53 people slain died from clean shots to the head or neck—telltale wounds inflicted by expert marksmen; while others were gunned down at closer quarters by less expert assassins armed with AK-47 assault rifles.

  Most of the photographs accompanying this article were taken on February 20, and they appear to reveal the truth about who carried out the shootings in Independence Square on that day—a fateful one for both Ukraine and for Europe, which suddenly witnessed the continent’s worst political violence of the 21st century. The pictures shared exclusively with The Daily Beast show members of a crack anti-terrorist unit known as the Alfa Team in the courtyard of the headquarters of Ukraine’s feared state security service, the SBU, preparing themselves for battle. The agency’s seven-story headquarters occupies an entire city block and is just three streets from the Maidan.”

 

The Daily Beast has much more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never To Forget: 60 Most Impressive Photo Confrontations In Kiev

 

 

 

These 60 photos provide a memorable picture of the Euromaiden struggle in Kiev 

 

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December 1, storming the Presidential Administration. Photos REUTERS / Vasily Fedosenko.

Here is another unforgettable image from early December …

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December 7, from Lviv plays for the siloviki. Photo by Oleg Matsekh.

This image from February offers the ultimate in contrasts …

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February 18, rainbow through the barricades. Photo porphyre.livejournal.com.

Go to Blog Armdavo for the entire collection of Euromaiden photos that will leave you speechless …

Leaked Phone Call: Kiev Snipers Hired By US-Backed Opposition

 

 

 

 

” Details of a leaked phone call between EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet suggest that the US-backed opposition was responsible for hiring snipers who gunned down protesters in Kiev and not the deposed government of Viktor Yanukovich, as the media widely claimed.

  During the phone call, Paet tells Ashton that evidence presented to him by a doctor who treated victims of the sniper attacks clearly indicates both police and protesters were being shot at by the same people.

“ There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” said Paet during the phone call, which was hacked by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

“ And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets] told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides,” the Estonian FM added.”

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Sevastopol Crimea Greets Riot Police Berkut For Murdering Protesting People At Euromaidan

 

 

Published on Feb 22, 2014

” Sevastopol Crimea greets riot police Berkut for murdering protesting people at Euromaidan in Kiev Ukraine Join EuroMaidan PR: Web .”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Revolution Captured On Camera

 

Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police at Independence Square in Kiev on February 18

Fireworks explode near anti-government protesters during clashes with riot police at Independence Square 
in Kiev on February 18


 

” Ukraine has experienced its bloodiest week in decades after days of deadly clashes between anti-government protesters and police which ended in the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.

  For three months demonstrators have been involved in a stand-off with authorities in the capital Kiev.

  But on February 18 violence escalated and the Health Ministry said the death toll between protesters and police had reached 82. The protesters put that figure at over 100.

  Here are a selection of photographs which capture the devastation caused in Kiev’s Independence Square.”

Activists pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police in Independence Square, the epicentre of demonstrations in Kiev

Activists pay respects to protesters who were killed in clashes with police in Independence Square, 
the epicentre of demonstrations in Kiev








Wounded people are seen after clashes with riot police in central Kiev on February 18

Wounded people are seen after clashes with riot police in central Kiev on February 18





Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev in the early hours of February 19

Smoke rises above Independence Square during anti-government protests in central Kiev 
in the early hours of February 19



People cheer as they listen to police officers from Lviv who have joined anti-government protesters during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on February 21

People cheer as they listen to police officers from Lviv who have joined anti-government protesters 
during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on February 21


   The Daily Mail has many many more photos on display courtesy of Reuters , AP , Getty , AFP and others . See the entire collection here .

Arrest Warrants Issued For Yanukovych, Other Former Ukraine Officials On Suspicion Of Mass Murder

 

 

 

 

” Former President Viktor Yanukovych is wanted for “mass killings of civilians,” reported acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on his Facebook page on the morning of Feb. 24.

  Avakov, who is now the nation’s top cop, said that arrest warrants have been issued for Yanukovych and “other (former) government officials.” He did not name the other former officials wanted by police.

  Avakov also didn’t specify which killings, but it is presumed that the investigation centers on whether Yanukovych hired snipers or ordered riot police to shoot EuroMaidan demonstrators in January and February. 

  Nearly 100 civilians have been killed in the demonstrations, including at least 75 people from Feb. 18-20, triggering Yanukovych’s flight from Kyiv and subsequent impeachment from office by parliament on Feb. 22.”

 

   Lot’s more reporting at the Kyiv Post and in other news the people have opened up Yanukovych’s dacha in the Crimea and posted a video hinting at the ex-president’s extravagant life style …

 

 

Дача Януковича в заповіднику “Айя”. #Крим

 

 

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

” Ще одна резиденція сім’ї Януковичів стала доступною для відвідувачів. Цього разу у Криму. Там на мисі Айя – Олександр Янукович будував собі дачу. Розкішну будівлю зводили посеред тамтешнього заповідника – на місці реліктового лісу, де раніше росли сосни рідкісних видів та ялівець. Подекуди ще й досі працюють будівельники та стоїть будівельна техніка. Проте охоронці перестали зачиняти ворота перед відвідувачами. Відтак мешканці Севастополя уже здійснюють оглядові екскурсії територією.”

 

 

The translation is as follows :

 

 

“Another family residence Yanukovych became available to the public. This time in the Crimea. There’s cape Aya – Oleksandr Yanukovych built himself a cottage. Iconic building erected in the midst of Gdańsk Reserve – in place of the relic forest, where previously grown pine and rare species of juniper. Here and there still are builders and is building. against guards stopped close gates to visitors. therefore the inhabitants of Sevastopol already engaged in sightseeing tours area. “

 

 

   The construction of Yanukovych’s “cottage” is alleged to been extremely damaging to the environment and resulted in the mass cutting of ancient trees to make way for one of his vacation homes .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Україна єдина!

Ukraine only!

Published on Feb 22, 2014

” 1+1. Нам є що сказати. В. Зеленський, Марина Леончук, Юрій Горбунов, О. Фреймут, Алла Мазур, Кошевой Євгеній, Дмитро Комаров, Руслан Сенічкін, Олена Кравець, Соломія Вітвіцька, Юлія Бориско, Мосейчук та інші.”

 

Google Translation:

 

Published on Feb 22, 2014
” 1 +1. We have something to say. B. Zelenskiy Marina Leonchuk Yuri Gorbunov, A. Freymut Alla Mazur, Koshevoy Eugene, Dmitry Komarov, Ruslan Senichkin, Elena Kravets, Salome Vitvitska Julia Borysko, Moseichuk and others.”

 

 

Euromaidan In English offers this commentary on the above video :

 

” TV Channel 1+1, the second most powerful national channel, created a message of national unity through individual voices of journalists (in Ukrainian and Russian). During Yunaukovych’s reign media outlets were heavily censored. Now things will be different. Each journalist tells their personal story of unity and Ukraine.”
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#euromaidan

 

 

BREAKING- Yulia Tymoshenko FIERY SPEECH: ‘You Have The Right to Rule Your Own Country’

 

 

Published on Feb 22, 2014

” WATCH: Freed Opposition Leader Tymoshenko Speaks Live To Kiev Demonstrators: “Their Blood Will Not Be Forgotten” 

Tymoshenko Addresses the Crowd: “We cannot afford to pardon those who were allowed to send bullets into hearts of our young men” 
(BBC) Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has arrived in Independence Square in the heart of Kiev to cheers of thousands after being freed from prison.
She is addressing the crowds there from her wheelchair.
Just hours earlier, she was freed following a vote by parliament on Friday demanding her release.
Speaking after President Viktor Yanukovych had left the capital Kiev, she said a “dictatorship has fallen”. 
She was sentenced to seven years in jail in 2011 after a controversial verdict on her actions as prime minister.
She left the hospital in the eastern city of Kharkiv, where she had been held under prison guard, and flew to Kiev.

She told journalists at Kiev airport that those behind violence “must be punished”, the Interfax agency reports.

On Thursday, the bloodiest day of recent unrest, at least 21 protesters and one policeman died.

Old enemies 
Ukraine’s parliament also voted on Saturday to remove President Viktor Yanukovich and set an early election for 25 May, completing a radical transformation in the former Soviet republic of 46 million people.

The vote came after police stopped guarding presidential buildings, allowing protesters in, and parliament made new high-level appointments.

Mr Yanukovych said it was a “coup” and vowed not to stand down.

The opposition is now in effective control of the capital Kiev, with Mr Yanukovych in Kharkiv, near the Russian border, after travelling there late on Friday night.

The Interfax news agency reported parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov as saying Mr Yanukovych had been stopped by border police in an attempt to flee to Russia and was now somewhere in the Donetsk region.

Earlier on Saturday, protesters walked unchallenged into the president’s office and residential compounds.

Fiery orator

Ms Tymoshenko’s release has always been a key demand of the protest movement.

The glamorous, fiery orator who helped lead the Orange Revolution – Ukraine’s revolt against a controversial election in 2004 – was convicted of criminally exceeding her powers when she agreed a gas deal with Russia which was seen to have disadvantaged Ukraine.

She has always insisted the charges were untrue, inspired by Mr Yanukovych, the man she helped oust in 2004 who returned to defeat her in the 2010 presidential election.

The European Union had demanded her release as one of the conditions of the EU-Ukraine trade pact that President Yanukovych rejected last year – triggering the protests that led to the current crisis.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed Ms Tymoshenko’s release.

In April 2013 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that her pre-trial detention had been “arbitrary and unlawful”, though the judges did not rule on the legality of her actual conviction for the 2009 gas deal.

They did not explicitly support her claim that her detention was politically motivated, nor did they accept her allegations of physical maltreatment and medical neglect in prison.”

 

 

Here in the States , there were gatherings in support of Euromaidan in New York City at the Brooklyn Bridge :

 

 

 

Boston:

 

 

 

And Columbus , Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Euromaiden In English Reports

 

 

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

” On February 21, 2014 Euromaidan protesters announce the Ultimatum to President Yanukovych. He must resign by February 22, 2014, 10 am.”

 

 

   With the protestors demanding his resignation there are rumors that Yankovych has fled to the UAE aboard Flight AOJ92C who’s route can be observed below .

 

Flight Path Ukraine To UAE

 

” 02:28 – While Yanukovych is reportedly fleeing from Kiev to Kharkiv, the SSU (Security Service of Ukraine) is opening criminal cases against both the governor of Kharkiv Oblast and the mayor of Kharkiv city. The reason — separatism. Below is a translation:


  The Ukrainian Security Service has opened a criminal case nagainst the mayor of Kharkiv, Gennady Kernes, and the governor of the Kharkiv oblast, Mikhail Dobkin. This was announced by the former Interior Minister, Yuri Lutsenko, while conversing with protesters at the Maidan barricades, according to Segodnya.ua.
“I spoke with high-ranking officals at the SSU [Security Service], and I was informed that, on account of separatist declarations, the SBU had opened a criminal case against Mayor Kernes of Kharkiv and Governor Dobkin of the Kharkiv oblast”, said Lutsenko.Let us recall that Gennady Kernes and Mikhail Dobkin have previously made statements regarding the federalisation of Ukraine. Dobkin has also stated that he has the right to impose a “special” regime in the Kharkiv oblast. Suggestions were already being heard in January that the officials could be brought to justice for such claims. – interpretermag.com”

 

 

 

Here is a screen shot of Flight AOJ92C as it began it’s descent into the Dubai area at approximately 9:15 EST .

 

 

Flight From Ukraine A0J92C

 

 

   This is the plane , registration # OE-ICE , an Airbus A318-112(CJ) Elite originally purchased by Jet Alliance  and operated by Avcon Jet that allegedly contains a fleeing ex-president Yankuvyck.

 

OE-ICE JetAlliance Airbus A318-112(CJ) Elite taken 03-10-2013 at Munich - Franz Josef Strauss (MUC / EDDM) airport, Germany by Andreas Hein

Photo By Andreas Hein

 

   Curiously , according to FlightRadar’s database airplane OE-ICE AKA AOJ92C last seen @ 2014-02-19 18:36 UTC even though our screen shots from their site show a flight this very evening leaving the Ukraine . We did not witness the plane land in UAE but at the time of the last screenshot the plane was in it’s descent . Now we cannot locate the plane .

   This report from the Telegraph lends credence to the president’s intention to flee … 

Ukraine Crisis: Viktor Yanukovych Leaves Kiev For Support Base

 

 

 

 

 

Deadliest Day In Ukraine Protests Yet, Despite Truce

 

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

” At least 75 people have been killed in violent riots in Kiev, the Ukrainian Health Department has stated. Doctors working on Kiev’s Independence Square, however, claimed that as many as 70 people were killed on the rioters’ side alone on Thursday. The death toll in the most violent wave of clashes between the rioters and the police in Kiev is likely to increase, as there are conflicting figures coming from the Health Department, city officials and the opposition. As many as 550 people have been injured, according to official estimates. Until this week, snipers shooting people in central Kiev have been little more than unsupported hearsay. But on Thursday, both security forces and rioters were filmed stalking the streets with rifles. RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports to Meghan Lopez that unidentified snipers were firing from buildings all around Independence Square.

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On the diplomatic side the EU and US are threatening sanctions …

 

 

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

” The United States, European Union and NATO are criticizing the Ukrainian government for its role in the increasing bloodshed in Kiev. EU leaders have agreed to impose sanctions on the country, joining the US in threatening consequences. Individual sanctions for 20 Ukrainian politicians have already been imposed by Washington. Critics, including The Nation’s contributing editor, Stephen Cohen, say that threats of sanctions and misunderstanding of the situation on the ground are misguided. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan looks at how the US and EU are reacting to the increasing violence in Ukraine.

Find RT America in your area: http://rt.com/where-to-watch/
Or watch us online: http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/ “

 

 

Meanwhile Euromaidan In English provides us with this report on the day’s events in Kiev …

 

 

” This is what happened today (please share to inform all):
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Today, after the morning massacres had calmed down a little, opposition politicians began calling for MP’s to gather in Parliament at 3pm. Deputy Lyashko and others pronounced guarantees to Party of Regions MP’s that no demonstrations would be held near the building during this special session – apparently some government MP’s had expressed concern for their own safety in the wake of that morning’s violence and deaths.

The session did not start until around 5pm, and MPs gathered very gradually. Initially, only 227 registered (minimum quorum: 226), but as the evening wore on, more and more MP’s from the Party of Regions and nominal independents arrived. By 10pm, 238 had registered to vote.The key test came just after 10pm when the speeches ceased and a draft document was put to a vote. In the end 236 voted in favor of the “Postanova” that orders the following:

1. All Interior Ministry troops currently in Kyiv are ordered to cease fire and return to barracks.
2. All live ammunition and lethal weapons that have been issued to government forces are to be returned immediately.
3. Blocking roads and rail lines for the purpose of limiting the movement of people is to cease.
4. All anti terrorist operations currently undertaken by the State Security Service and Interior Ministry are to be stopped immediately.
5. Circumstances that have led to deaths and casualties are to be investigated and the guilty brought to trial forthwith by the Prosecutor General.
6. The Cabinet of Ministers is ordered to provide financial compensation to all victims of the recent violence and their families.
7. Activists arrested for their participation in protests are to be released and all criminal cases against them closed.
8. It is now the exclusive right of parliament to declare a state of emergency.All of the above was passed as a “Postanova” – a one time legislative order that has the force of law, but according to Ukraine’s Constitution, and unlike other laws, need not be signed by the President. Postanova’s are signed by the Chairman/Speaker of the Parliament, or in his absence, by one of his Deputies. Tonight’s session of Parliament was chaired by Svoboda MP Koshulynsky, and he has signed the document making it legal.

 

  Two points of significance:

1) Parliamentary Speaker Rybak and First Deputy Speaker Kaletnyk (Communist Party) were not present at tonight’s session; neither were 167 deputies from the Party of Regions, nor any of the Communist MP’s. Nevertheless, a temporary majority was assembled with all members of the 3 opposition parties and most independents in attendance together with 20+ Party of Regions MPs who have now effectively defected from the government camp. According to rumors many Party of Regions MPs left the country today – including (according to some reports) Speaker Rybak.

  Does this signal a permanent end to the pro-Yanukovych majority in Parliament? If so, it signifies the beginning of the end of his regime.2) Although a Postanova is a legislative order that has the force of law, and cannot be vetoed by the President, it is unclear what happens if Yanukovych issues a Presidential Decree cancelling the Postanova. Furthermore, it is unclear which should take precedent: the Law on Counter-Terrorism which has been the formal document used to authorize the use of lethal force and abrogation of civil rights during the past 2 days, or the one-time Postanova. Finally is highly unclear whether Interior Ministry forces will obey this Postanova at all.

  After passing their document, Ukraine’s 3 opposition leaders immediately left Parliament for the Presidential Administration building where, reportedly, they were joined by 3 visiting EU foreign ministers. Apparently they will attempt to collectively convince Yanukovych to accept the need for constitutional changes – these are to be voted on tomorrow. Whether enough votes can be gathered, and whether Yanukovych will budge are all open questions…

(written by Prof. Mychailo Wynnycky, Kyiv Mohyla Academy)
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#euromaidan “

 

 

 

    In other news from Kiev , protestors , after heated debate , pulled down the statue of Lenin and in short order he was broken up for souvenirs .

 

 

У Житомирі впав Ленін

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

” Близько першої ночі, після тривалого стояння і нетривалої боротьби за п’єдестал, в Житомирі не стало Леніна. Тиран впав під переконливими аргументами місцевого євромайдану. 

  На вождя накинули троси. Ілліч пручався. Тоді люди вдарили автотранспортом по ідейному лідеру комунізма. Під тиском техніки Ілліч впав і пішов по шматочках на сувеніри. На місті того хто давав наказ армії Муравйова завойовувати Україну замайорів наш прапор. Тепер активісти міркують, хто вартий честі стояти на головній площі міста.”

 

 

Photo: What it takes to get's the world's attention..  #euromaidan

 

 

    To round out this evening’s update on Ukrainian news we present this report regarding an alleged conspiracy of sorts as to the “grassroots” nature of the viral video “I Am A Ukranian” and thus the riots themselves . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As they seize weapons, take over government buildings and fire on media outlets, the US-backed Ukrainian protesters are being afforded legitimacy with the aid of a Kony 2012-style viral video which triumphs the grass roots nature of the demonstrations yet is linked to shadowy NGOs that have been directly involved in staging phony ‘color revolutions’ in the past.

  The woman encourages viewers to “help us only by telling this story….only by sharing this video,” thereby framing the debate around the naive narrative that the crisis is solely about Ukrainians wanting “freedom,” and in essence blacklisting the real reasons behind the western-instigated revolt, which focus on the geopolitical isolation of Russia.

  The origins of the video are not quite as ‘grass roots’ as is portrayed. The clip was produced by the team behind A Whisper to a Roar, a documentary about the “fight for democracy” all over the world, which was funded by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco. The “inspiration” behind the documentary was none other than Larry Diamond, a Council on Foreign Relations member. The Council on Foreign Relations is considered to be America’s “most influential foreign-policy think tank” and has deep connections with the U.S. State Department.

  Diamond has also worked closely with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The National Endowment for Democracy is considered to be the CIA’s “civilian arm” and has been deeply embroiled in innumerable instigated uprisings, attempted coups and acts of neo-colonial regime change since its creation in 1983, including the contrived 2004 “Orange Revolution” that brought US puppet Viktor Yushchenko to power in Ukraine.  “

 

Color us unconvinced but read the rest at Red Ice and decide for yourself .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Euromaidan in English

 

Ukraine Map Of Control

 

 

 

” Who controlled what before truce ended..”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click On The Picture Below For A LiveStream Of The Ukrainian Protests

 

 

Ustream Kiev

 

 

 

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 Shooting To People In Kiev / Стральба па пратэстоўцах у Кіеве

 

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

” Kiev, Ukraine. Special forces shoot protesters near Euromaidan.http://belsat.eu/en/wiadomosci/a,1806… / Кіеў, Украіна. Спецназ растрэльвае пратэстоўцаў.http://belsat.eu/be/wiadomosci/a,1806… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Please pardon the awkward phrasing of the quoted text from this post as it comes from a computer generated translation of the original Pravda article published in Ukrainian .

Killed In Clashes Can Be More Than 30, Some Already Identified

Загиблих у сутичках може бути більше 30-ти, частину вже ідентифікували

 

 

 

 

 

 
” Killed in clashes in Kiev last night and maybe 30 people , according to the headquarters of national resistance.

  Deputy Les Orobets in the air “Public TV” said it – only officially confirmed the numbers.

  She said that so far there is no information about the exact number of people killed in the House of Trade Unions, which is burned at night.

  Orobets suggests that because while burning 1st and 9th floors of the building, many people failed to evacuate – and the death toll could be more than you expect.

  Previously, she has published in his Facebook list of identified those killed during clashes on February 18 and at night.   

  There are currently unable to install the following persons: 
1. Nikolai Nikitin, S. (However, readers report that Nikitin alive, but dead Georgian named Zurab, who was in the pocket of identity Nikitin – Ed.)

2. Dvoryanets Antonina

3. Andrew Korczak – Lviv region. 

4. Veremiy Vyacheslav – Kyiv

5. Didych Sergey – Ivano-Frankivsk region.

6. Vladimir Kishchuk – Zaporozhye.

7. Sergei Shapoval – Kyiv

8. Games Serduk – Poltava region. 

9. Naumov, Vladimir G. – Donetsk region.

10. Alexander Kapinos – Ternopil region.

11. Plekhanov, Alexander V.

12. Kulchytsky Vladimir S. – Kyiv

13. Brezdenyuk Valery – Vinnitsa region. Among the dead security forces – these people: 1. Dmitry Vlasenko 2. Goncharov Vitaly I. 3. Ivanenko Alex N. 4. Teplyuk Ivan 5. Maxim Tretiak L. “

 

    Pravda has more on the casualties while a group of lawyers from Ukraine have started a petition , included below , demanding an end to the government repression and brutalization of the Ukrainian people .

 

 

 

Address Of The Ukrainian Bar On The Situation In The Country

Звернення українських правників щодо ситуації в країні

 

” We, the undersigned, professional lawyers can not and do not want to put up with the lawlessness that takes place in Ukraine before our eyes over the past two-plus months. Moreover, the events of recent weeks in Ukraine have shown that a violation of law and basic principles of human morality are not just carry a massive and systematic nature of the state authorities.

  Thanks to the heroic and sacrificial work of hundreds of journalists and civil society activists entire country received unequivocal evidence of crimes committed en masse all branches of power in Ukraine:

  • MPs vote for bills that do not read, under pressure from those who must control and limit,
  • police officers guard the offenders and torture of peaceful demonstrators, and
  • courts knowingly render unlawful decisions without any research or even complete disregard of circumstances.

  These illegal criminal acts have become so widespread and public that they can not hide any application and creative interpretation of the facts. It is significant that none of the cases of abuse of power did not get a decent assessment of the public authorities.

  Unfortunately, we have to admit that the main reason that happens is a long-term destruction of the basic principles of the establishment and functioning of state authorities in Ukraine. Today the entire state machinery has become a machine of making money, which ceased to perform its primary function and single – serving the people.

  These processes began to rise to power of current leaders of the country, but for them peaked and started to threaten not only the economy but also the lives and health of all residents of the country. Thousands of lives maimed, millions lost trust in the law, and to the people that are meant to protect it.

Given the dire situation as human rights and the functioning of the Ukrainian state, we have:

  • ready to give us all the collected evidence and its own analysis to assess actions of government bodies;
  • We ask all concerned legislators unite to fix all common offenses, giving them professional judgment and protect victims;
  • requires all public and professional organizations claiming to represent the interests of lawyers, including:
  • Lawyers Association of Ukraine (ACU)
  • Union of Lawyers of Ukraine,
  • Union of Advocates of Ukraine,
  • National Association of Advocates of Ukraine

immediately determine their own assessment of the situation in the country and a legal qualification to state authority. We assume no officially declared position on the qualifications of the authorities’ full and unconditional agreement with the lawlessness perpetrated by public authorities;

  • require public authorities at all levels to stop the lawlessness and initiate public dialogue on the structural reform of public authorities, including law enforcement bodies and courts;
  • remind all our colleagues both in form and in plain clothes and all civil servants that they always have the option not to commit illegal acts and remain people – resignation. From our side we will assist as much as possible so that guilty of violating the law of representatives of government took full responsibility without limitation terms for their involvement in it.

 

Signatures:

Nikolai Orlov, lawyer

Cyril Levterov

Games Ogorodniychuk

Valery Bitsyuk, Attorney

Alexander Martinenko

Ilya Kostin, lawyer

Inna Rafalskiy, Attorney

Boris Danevych, lawyer

Lana Sinichkina

Andrew Hook

Vladimir Sushchenko

Jaroslav Teklyuk, Attorney

Nazar Fedorchuk

Maxim Cherkasenko

Tatiana Kozachenko

Victoria Ptashnyk

Nicholas Gray, a lawyer

Sergey Tyurin, Attorney

Oleg Polishchuk, lawyer

Sergey Sviriba

Oksana Il’chenko

Markiyan Klyuchkovsky

Alex Filatov, lawyer

Sergey Shkliar

Sergey Koziakov

Alexander Pavlenko

Alexander Domashenko

Andriy Sereda

Mr. Pilkov, Attorney

Andrew Trembych, Attorney

Alexander Franchuk, a lawyer

Marina Lilichenko, Attorney

Vyacheslav Sokolov

Nikolai Eremenko, lawyer

Andrew Avtorgov, Attorney

Olga Lyuber, Attorney

Eugene Stelmach, Attorney

Roman rowing, Attorney

Dmitry Nazarets, Attorney

Irina Didkovskiy lawyer

Yuri rounders

Alexander Shevchenko lawyer

Vitaly Vedmyedyev, Attorney

Alexander Lapin, a lawyer

Paul Dikan, Attorney

Andrew Steblevskyy, Attorney

Jaroslav Tuk

Tamara Atamas, Attorney

John Bone, attorney

Svetlana Petrakivska, Attorney

Andrew Levkovets, Attorney

Andrew Bohinkevych, Attorney

Constantine Porosolov

Vladislav Sokolov, a lawyer

Vitaly Tytych, Attorney

Natalia Zavgorodnyaya, Attorney

Lukovkiv Anton, a lawyer

Natalia Dankovskyi, Attorney

Roman Maselko

Yuriy Kushnir, lawyer

Jaroslav Abramov

Alex Buchanan

Zoe Zamihovska

Maxim Sysoev, Attorney

Irina Paliashvili

Margarita Karpenko

Arthur Kotenko

Sergey Benedyuk

Michael Gursky

Denis Maystrenko

Roman Tytykalo

Dmitry Mikhaylenko

Games decompose

Oleksandr Padalka

Alexander Onishchenko, Attorney

Alexander Pashchenko lawyer

Dmitri Denisov, a lawyer

Catherine Ishchenko

Taras Kislev, the lawyer

Maxim Syurenko, Attorney

Elena Storozhuk, lawyer

Olga Stolyarchuk

Tatiana Koren, a lawyer

Games Cherezov, Attorney

Denis Rabomizo, Attorney

Leonid Cherniavskyi

Julia Cherkashina, Attorney

Elena centurion lawyer

Eugene KOLOMYJEC, Attorney

Michael Spasov, Attorney

Dmitry Loshakova, Attorney

Julianna relative

Roman Smalyuk

Natalie Romaniuk, lawyer

Dmitry Pohoryelyy

Trumpeter Alexander, Attorney

Maxim Vasiliev, Attorney

Julia Buzikova

Dmitry Gnenny, Attorney

Sergey Laputko, Attorney

Kurdydyk Alexander, Attorney

Tatiana Overseas

Svetlana Musienko

Galina Zagorodniuk lawyer

Mladen Kachurets

Leonid Antonenko, a lawyer

Alex Wednesday

Lubomir Drozdovskii, Attorney

Julian Revyuk, Attorney

Olga Kozlyakovska, Attorney

Olena Tkachenko, lawyer

Dmitry Timoshchenko

Andrew Primak

Anna Stretovych

Andrew Stelmashchuk, Attorney

Natasha Mozgovaya

Inna Weasel

Andrey Tsvetkov, lawyer

Vladimir Bobrik

Dmitry Gadomsky, Attorney

Michael Perhamenschyk, Attorney

Faith Prohira

Alexander Mamunya

Anna Rabomizo

Oleg Polishchuk, lawyer

Sergey Chaplyan, Attorney

Sergey Mityurin, Attorney

Sergei Yaroshenko, a lawyer

Alina Samarets, Attorney

Hope Cherkasova, Attorney

Yuri Mihalskyy, Attorney

Joseph Zazulyak, Attorney

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Attorney

Andrew Stelmashchuk

Vitaly Mahinchuk, Attorney

Alexander Babich, lawyer

Harmatyuk Anton, a lawyer

 

 

The following is a copy of the petition in the original Ukrainian language .

 

Звернення українських правників щодо ситуації в країні

” Ми, що нижче підписалися, професійні правники не можемо і не хочемо миритися з беззаконням, яке розгортається в Україні перед нашими очима протягом останніх двох з лишком місяців. Більше того, події останніх тижнів в Україні засвідчили, що порушення закону та елементарних засад людської моралі носять не просто масовий, а системний характер з боку органів державної влади.

Завдяки героїчній та жертовній праці сотень журналістів і громадських активістів уся країна отримала беззаперечні свідчення злочинів, масово вчинених усіма гілками влади в Україні:

  • парламентарі голосують за законопроекти, які не читають, під тиском тих, кого повинні контролювати та обмежувати,
  • правоохоронці охороняють правопорушників і катують мирних демонстрантів, а
  • суди виносять завідомо незаконні рішення без будь-якого дослідження, а то й з повним ігноруванням обставин справи.

Ці протиправні злочинні діяння стали настільки масовими і публічними, що їх неможливо приховати жодними заявами та творчою інтерпретацією фактів. Показово, що жоден з випадків зловживання владою не отримав гідної оцінки з боку державних органів.

На жаль, ми змушені визнати, що основною причиною того, що відбувається, є тривале руйнування основних засад створення та функціонування усіх органів державної влади в Україні. На сьогодні весь державний апарат перетворився на машину із заробляння грошей, яка припинила виконувати свою головну та єдину функцію – служіння народу.

Ці процеси почалися до приходу до влади поточних очільників країни, проте за них досягли піку та почали загрожувати вже не лише економіці, а й життю та здоров’ю усіх мешканців країни. Тисячі життів скалічено, мільйонам підірвано довіру як до закону, так і до осіб, які покликані його захищати.

З огляду на катастрофічну ситуацію як з дотриманням прав людини, так і з функціонування Української Держави, ми:

  • готові надати всі зібрані нами докази та власний аналіз для оцінки діянь представників органів державної влади;
  • просимо всіх небайдужих правників об’єднатися для спільної фіксації усіх фактів правопорушень, надання ним фахової оцінки та захисту постраждалих;
  • вимагаємо від усіх громадських та професійних організацій, які претендують на представництво інтересів правників, зокрема:
  • Асоціації правників України (АПУ),
  • Союзу юристів України,
  • Спілки адвокатів України,
  • Національної асоціації адвокатів України,

негайно визначитися з власною оцінкою ситуації в країні та юридичною кваліфікацією дій органів державної влади. Вважатимемо відсутність офіційно проголошеної позиції щодо кваліфікації дій влади повною і беззаперечною згодою із беззаконням, яке чинять органи державної влади;

  • вимагаємо від органів державної влади всіх рівнів припинити беззаконня і розпочати суспільний діалог щодо структурного реформування органів державної влади, зокрема правоохоронних органів та судів;
  • нагадуємо всім нашим колегам як в формі, так і в цивільному, а також усім державним службовцям, що у них завжди є можливість відмовитися від вчинення протиправних дій та залишитися людьми – звільнення за власним бажанням. Зі свого боку ми максимально допомагатимемо, щоби винні в порушенні закону представники органів державної влади понесли повну відповідальність без обмеження строків щодо їх притягнення до неї.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukraine Crisis: Renewed Kiev Assault On Protesters

” Police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev have launched a fresh attack on anti-government protesters as the death toll in renewed clashes has climbed to 26.

  The new attempt to uproot the protest stronghold came as President Yanukovych blamed opposition leaders for the worst violence in months of unrest.

  The EU says it expects to agree sanctions on those behind “repression”.

  The violence is contained – and mostly takes place in four square kilometres in central Kiev – but the determination of the most active protesters should not be underestimated, nor should President Viktor Yanukovych’s determination to survive.

  It’s unlikely that any leader of a Western European democracy would still be in post if similar events had happened in their country.

  What makes this crisis so serious is the quiet support that many in western Ukraine, particularly in Lviv, are giving to the violence. It means that a split between eastern Ukraine and western Ukraine is being openly discussed, even though few people say they want that.”

 

BBC has the story and see our previous story for more videos of the violence unfolding in Independence Square .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United States And Europe Dawdle While Ukraine Goes Up In Flames

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Deadly violence claimed at least 18 lives in Kiev on Tuesday as riot police moved on activists’ encampments in the center of the city after protesters stormed the Ukrainian parliament. Inside the building, fights broke out as pro-government deputies blocked the opposition’s effort to submit a draft resolution to reinstate the 2004 constitution that would limit President Yanukovich’s power.

  As protests against Ukraine’s pro-Russian president enter their fourth month, it is clear that the battle cannot be resolved by compromise. Both sides are employing scorched earth polices from which there will emerge one winner and one loser. The United States and Europe have so far abdicated the opportunity to provide real assistance to the opposition. Putin, on the other hand, will leave no stone unturned to insure that his allies emerge victorious.  In such confrontations, the street fighter wins and the gentlemen lose.

  Yanukovich and his allies are playing for time, stretching out negotiations, pleading illness, and hoping for the steam to run out of the protests. The protesters are characterized as Nazis, skin heads, and criminals in the pay of hostile European powers and the United States. The United States and Europe are to blame for their blatant intervention in Ukraine’s internal affairs. Yanukovich trump card is his confidence that Putin will do all that is necessary to break the backs of the protesters and keep Ukraine in his proposed Eurasian Community. It was Putin’s pledge of $15 billion and cheap energy that broke the momentum of the protests in December. With the Sochi Olympics out of the way, Putin is again free to deploy his bag of dirty tricks.

  The protesters understand that they cannot lose the momentum by ramping down the protests. They understand that Yanukovich’s promises of shared government and amnesty are sham plays for time.  He has no intention of going anywhere, and he will not give up control of the police, military, tax authorities, and the prosecutor’s office. Any compromise which leaves these “power ministries” in his hands will allow him to exact heavy revenge once things settle down.”

 

 

Joe Biden was heard to say :

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych

” Vice President Biden called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych today to express grave concern regarding the crisis on the streets of Kyiv. He called on President Yanukovych to pull back government forces and to exercise maximum restraint. The Vice President made clear that the United States condemns violence by any side, but that the government bears special responsibility to de-escalate the situation. The Vice President further underscored the urgency of immediate dialogue with opposition leaders to address protesters’ legitimate grievances and to put forward serious proposals for political reform. The United States is committed to supporting efforts to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis that reflects the will and aspirations of the Ukrainian people.”

 

 

 

And while the wizened seers dither … Kiev burns …

 

 

 

Ukraine: Fireworks And Paving Stones Rain On Berkut Forces

 

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

” Security forces charged over barricades set up by protesters during fresh clashes outside October Palace in Kiev on Tuesday, that have so far left five people dead.

  Protesters burned tyres and threw molotov cocktails and rocks at security forces, who retaliated with tear gas and rubber bullets.

  The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior has set a deadline of 18:00 (16:000 GMT) for protesters to end the fresh wave of riots.”

 

 

 

 

Ukraine: Barricades Ablaze On Maidan

 

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

” Thousands continue to occupy Kiev’s Independence Square as state security forces move in to disperse the crowds. Water cannons and APCs have been deployed by police to clear the square.

  There are reportedly around 20,000 people gathered on Independence Square, many of them gathered behind barricades.

  At least 18 people are reported to have been killed as a result of Tuesday’s violence, including 11 protesters and 7 police officers. Hundreds more have been injured in the clashes.”

 

 

 

 

Ukraine: Dozens Injured As Fresh Riots Erupt In Kiev

 

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

” At least five protesters have died and dozens have been injured as fresh clashes between rioters and police erupt in central Kiev on Tuesday.

  Protesters burnt tyres and threw molotov cocktails whilst police retaliated with tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the crowds. At least 37 police officers have also been injured in the protests.

  Earlier in the day the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior released a statement setting 18:00(16:00 GMT) as a deadline which protesters must meet to end the fresh wave of unrest in Kiev.

  A statement issued by the SBU urges the protesters to return to the negotiation table and threatens the opposition with the use of force, in accordance with the Ukrainian law, if they do not comply.”

 

 

     The lack of American leadership on the world stage continues to make itself felt where-ever the desire for freedom dares show it’s head .

 

 

” A  Europe that encompasses Ukraine will put an end to Putin’s expansionary vision of restoring the former Soviet empire. It will diminish his  ability to be a trouble maker around the globe. Putin punches above his weight because of the weakness of the West, not because of his strength.  He understands that the ones who enter a street fight with brass knuckles will win against gentlemen who insist on fighting fair.

  Having Ukraine firmly in the Western camp is worth tens or hundreds of billion dollars over the long haul, and we cannot put together a measly $15 billion spread among ourselves to give the protesters some real ammunition? Why refuse to enter into a bidding war for a valuable outcome when the other side is not constrained by such gentlemen’s diplomacy?”

 

 

Read the rest at Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around 70000 Rally In Kiev In Fresh Show Of Force

 

 

 

 

 

” An estimated 70,000 pro-Western Ukrainians thronged the heart of Kiev vowing never to give up their drive to oust President Viktor Yanukovych for his alliance with old master Russia.

  Wearing blue and yellow ribbons — the colours of both Ukraine and the European Union — the crowd received a religious blessing before opposition leaders took to a podium on Independence Square in a bid to ratchet up pressure on Mr Yanukovych to appoint a new pro-Western government.”

 

 

 

 

” “ None of the kidnappings and tortures have yielded any results,” said Igor Lutsenko, an activist who survived a severe beating after reportedly being abducted from hospital during deadly unrest in January.

  The ex-Soviet nation of 46 million people has been in chaos since November when Mr Yanukovych ditched a historic EU trade and political pact in favor of closer ties with Moscow, stunning pro-EU parts of the population and sparking violent protests.

  Since then, what started out as a localized, domestic bout of unrest has snowballed into a titanic tussle for Ukraine’s future between Russia and the West, as demonstrations continued and spread to other parts of the country.”

 

Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shocking Police Brutality In Ukraine; Riots Spreading To Major Cities

 

 

 

 

” In a shocking video released today on the Internet, special government police force “Berkut” beat up and humiliate an arrested activist on Grushevsky Street in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. The man, wearing a “Ukrainian cossack” haircut, is severely beaten and can be seen with bruises and lacerations all over his naked body. The police strip him to his socks in 25 degrees Farenheit weather, scream insults, and force him to hold a small shovel as they take pictures.

  Other videos of clashes and police brutality against the pro-European protesters are circulating the Internet.

  Protesters are fighting back by publishing the names of policemen and their officials responsible for the murders and brutality on social media, calling for vengeance. The flyer below promises $5,000 for the information about the “Berkut” officer who murdered activist Sergei Nigoyan and $100,000 “for the head of that scumbag.” “

 

Story continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riot Police Attacked by Molotovs

 

 

Kiev Molotovs

 

 

 

   Reportedly 163 officers hurt and 80 police officers hospitalized. Reuters offers another video of the violence in the streets of Kiev .

 

 

Kiev Riots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protesters Hold Mirrors To Police, Force Them To Stare At Their Own Reflections

” In the Ukraine, hundreds of citizens have been protesting because they are unhappy with their government.

  When the protests started, there was numerous incidents of police brutality. One such attack was caught on camera:

  In response to what they thought was excessive force, the protesters in the Ukraine now bring mirrors with them. They are doing this to literally force police to look at their own reflections and face what they have turned into.”

 

 

 

 ” Many Ukrainian citizens claim that cops in their country only protect the government — not citizens, communities, and children.”

Read more at Ben Swann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torches Lit, Ukrainian Nationalists Celebrate An Inconvenient Hero

 

 

 

 

 

” The pro-Western protests on Kiev’s Independence Square turned into a New Year’s celebration last week, transforming the world’s biggest ongoing protest into a huge party. But after some 200,000 people looked hopefully to the upcoming year amid fireworks, dancing and mass singing of the national anthem at the “Euromaidan,” the dawn of 2014 saw a different kind of torch-lit protest.

  On Jan. 1, Thousands of Ukrainian nationalists marched in Kiev and the western city of Lviv to honor the what would have been the 105th birthday of Stepan Bandera, one of the most controversial figures in modern Ukrainian history — a Nazi collaborator, freedom fighter, and, to some, a terrorist.

  The marches, and their hero, highlight the profound complexities in today’s Ukraine, where past allegiances, prospects for the future, and a strong desire for independence — after centuries under foreign rule — all run into each other, creating a web difficult to untangle.

  The anti-government opposition is far from a unified, “Western-minded,” liberal front that would provide an easy narrative for would-be allies in the West. While the Maidan’s leadership includes the charismatic boxing champion Vitali Klitschko (who became the face of the fight against President Victor Yanukovych’s regime), it also boasts Oleg Tyagnibok, a notoriously racist leader of the far-right Svoboda party.”

 

See also :

 

Ukraine protests: Opposition holds first new year rally

Ukrainians thank Belarusians for solidarity

Pro-EU Ukrainian activist calls for nationwide strikes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brave Men And Women At The Barricades In Kiev Are Fighting For Freedom And Rule Of Law

 

 

 

” As the new year begins, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are manning barricades in the central square of Kiev, continuing their month-long demonstrations demanding a path towards freedom from the corrupt Yanukovych dictatorship. Imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has called upon the West to support the Ukrainian people by freezing the out-of-country bank accounts that Viktor Yanukovych and his cronies use to sock away their loot.”

 

 

The Ukrainians are still fighting for their rights even if the media is ignoring them . Spread the word .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukraine Protests: Outrage As Police Attack Kiev Barricades

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Thousands of riot police carried out a co-ordinated attack on barricades in Kiev during the dead of night on Wednesday – a determined and unexpected crackdown on protesters who have occupied the centre ofUkraine‘s capital for the past fortnight.

  As temperatures fell to -13C (-55F) during the coldest night of the winter to date, columns of riot police closed in on Independence Square, hub of the protests that erupted after President Viktor Yanukovych pulled out of an association pact with the EU that had been due for signing at a summit in Vilnius last month. Shortly after 1am battalions of police approached the vast square from all sides and began to dismantle the makeshift barricades that have been erected in recent days.

  Ukraine’s prime minister, Mykola Azarov, said later on Wednesday the operation by police was a question of clearing the roads. “No force will be applied against peaceful protesters. Do you understand this? Calm down!” he said as he opened a government meeting.

  Police pulled out of the square on Wednesday morning, even as more protesters arrived. “

 

 

A road clearing operation ? Sure … once again we witness Statist violence in the name of “public safety” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ukraine: Troops Re-Group En Mass Across Kiev

 

 

 

Published on Dec 11, 2013

” Police forces across Kiev pulled back from Independence Square and City Hall Wednesday after unsuccessfully attempting to clear the square and evict occupiers of the hall.

  Police forces have been clearing areas of demonstrators over night, including a slow and gradual push to remove camps, barricades and crowds from Independence Square.”