Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
On 02.12.16, in the Svyatoshinsky court of Kiev, the former commander of the interior troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Stanislav Shulyak spoke about the escalation of violence on Maidan during the mass riots during the winter of 2013-2014.
According to him, at first the protesters inflicted to the police officers bruises, dislocations, and burns to the eyes.
“They had worked out special tactics. They attacked together. One pulled back the helmet, the other sprayed gas or paint there. Or one pulled off the bulletproof vest and the other hit an unprotected spot with an iron stick,” said Shulyak.
The court did not ask questions about the events on Grushevsky Street, where militant right-wing radicals set soldiers of interior troops on fire with Molotov cocktails.
The escalation began on 18th February, when 5 soldiers of interior troops and 2 fighters of “Berkut” special forces were killed, and 84 law enforces, including 36 soldiers of interior troops, were wounded.
“It happened at the intersection of Instytutskaya and Shovkovychnaya street, Instytutskaya and Lypska and Hrushevsky Street with Grushevsky street. The nature of the wounds indicates that they were inflicted at close range, perhaps with a short-barreled weapon. The nature of the wounds showed that the caliber was larger than 7.65 or 5.45. Shots were fired almost at point-blank,” said Shulyak.
To the question whether he knows who the shooter was, the General said: “I wish I knew. I can only assume that these weapons were used during the melee”.
He said that on that day, the fighters of Maidan formed groups consisting of 50 to 100 people from young men. All these people were equipped with protective equipment and masks, armed with sticks and metal rods. These groups tried to break into the Verkhovna Rada, attacked the patrols, set fire to cars, smashed house windows, and threw Molotov cocktails at the entrances. Then they set alight the office of the Party of Regions, where ordinary employees died in the fire. Despite the losses, the interior forces drove the extremists back to Maidan.
Shulyak testified via videoconference in the framework of the process against five former members of “Berkut” special forces, who are accused of mass murder in February, 2014. Shulyak is now in Rostov. He told the court that he would remain a citizen of Ukraine, living in Simferopol.
Former commander of the interior troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Stanislav Shulyak, whose interrogation by video conference took place in Svyatoshinsky court on December 2nd, described a telephone conversation during Euromaidan with Vitaly Klitschko, who was then the head of the “Udar” party.
Shulyak declared that he received a call from a man who claimed to belong to the party “Udar” of Vitali Klitschko, and invited the commander to join the participants of Maidan. Shulyak refused.
Later he received a second call. “At the beginning of February, I was called again. The man introduced himself as Klitschko, the voice was similar. The conversation afterwards was: “Stanislav Nikolaevich, we know you as a decent and conscientious officer, you see the events that are happening… What do you think about joining your units to the protest?” said Shulyak.
According to him, the man with a voice like Klitschko promised him a financial reward. “I responded to his question that if you think of me as a decent officer, how can you suggest to me, a military man, to betray the state? How do I have to consider it? As an insult?” he said.
Shulyak added that the entire conversation was held on the topic: “Anyway you understand that you won’t do anything”. As a result, he was offered to not oppose what was happening and to withdraw from official duties, even to go to another country. “I said I don’t want to talk about it. I was told that the rejection of this proposal will result in serious consequences for me, and you can’t imagine what kind of people you go against. The conversation ended,” said Shulyak during interrogation.
As a reminder, earlier Shulyak stated that he did not give the order to fire on Maidan, despite the fact that he brought there special forces.
The following post is the reaction of former Minister of Justice of Ukraine Elena Lukash to the interrogation of Shulyak. The included video from Maidan on 18th February, 2014, shows how policemen were beaten and their protective gear was removed by radicals.
“I am watching the interrogation of the Shulyak Stanislav Nikolayevich, the former commander of the interior troops of Ukraine. I bow to him for his truth and courage. Terrible figures – during the Maidan protests:
23 police officers were KILLED;
932 police officers were INJURED;
257 law enforcement officers received SERIOUS WOUNDS,
among them, 158 received GUNSHOT wounds.
NOBODY WAS PROSECUTED FOR THESE CRIMES.
NOBODY FOUND THE KILLERS OF THE PROTESTERS.
Such was this “revolution”.
I’m sure that the deaths of protesters on Maidan are being investigated in isolation from the cases of killings and injuries of law enforcement officers, KNOWINGLY. So that the crimes will never be disclosed.
Three years passed after the tragedy of Maidan, and the mythical version of “evil Berkut” collapsed even for the most naive and gullible citizens.
When the situation is not clear, lawyers have a rule of “Cui prodest?” – “Who benefits?”
For those who still doubt the innocence of Berkut, I want to say: “Think about who benefits! Who benefitted from the simultaneous shooting of both protesters and police? Who benefitted from murder and deceit in the winter of 2014?”
The Kingdom of heaven to all the victims!
Freedom for “Berkut”!”
For anyone interested in the International Criminal Court in the Hague. I have some exciting news for you.
Read the report on the Preliminary Investigation Activities (2016) from November 14th, 2016.161114-otp-rep-pe_eng
In this Report:
1. It is ascertained that the fact of a change of power in 2014 occurred IN VIOLATION of the agreement between the government and the opposition on February 21st, 2014. (article paragraph 153 in the report)
2. Information about events on Maidan that the Ukrainian government and activists presented for over nearly three years “DID NOT PROVIDE A REASONABLE BASIS TO BELIEVE THAT THE ATTACK WAS SYSTEMATIC OR WIDESPREAD,” and it means that what happened on Maidan is NOT subject to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.
This is a polite “GOODBYE“. Of course, after almost three years, the regime will not present any other new information. (paragraph 189)
3. The ICC Prosecutor has not yet decided what exactly is happening in Donbass. “THE EXISTENCE (OR NOT) OF INTERNATIONAL AND/OR NON-INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICT IN EASTERN UKRAINE“. (paragraph 184)
4. The probable involvement of the regime of the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” in particularly serious criminal acts is ascertained. (paragraphs 166, 168, 169, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183)
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