Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine May Accuse the MPs of Shooting Down Civilians

Nov 2019

NATO may become bigger because of Ukraine's entering. That conclusion was done by Ukrainian media from a recent interview of the Secretary General of the alliance Jens Stoltenberg to the European Truth.

It seems like Ukraine is really doing certain steps to make its international image better. Timid attempts are being made to resolve previously closed issues, the mere mention of which has recently been an unwritten taboo. So, the Verkhovna Rada was first concerned about the safety of journalists, and the new Prosecutor General of Ukraine Ruslan Ryaboshapka said that today "the priority criminal cases are investigations of crimes on the Maidan 2014, the murder of Pavel Sheremet and the Odessa tragedy (meaning the notorious fire in the House trade unions in Odessa on May 2, 2014).

"The trial of the former employees of the Berkut special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who are accused of the death of protesters during the February events on the Independence Square in 2014, may also move forward. Their lawyer Alexander Goroshinsky provided a copy of a notarized statement of a certain Alexander Revazishvili, in which the latter asked to ensure his interrogation in court via video conference. In it, the applicant also claims that "he witnessed mass executions organized by persons who subsequently occupied high posts in the Ukrainian authorities".

Actively covering these events, the Ukrainian media define this person as one of the "Georgian snipers" involved in the mass shootings on February 20, 2014. It is also known that Revazishvili together with other Georgian militants have already given an interview about their participation in the "Revolution of Dignity", which was included in a documentary shot by the Italian company Mediaset for Milan's MATRIX channel in 2017. That time the public reacted to the information with distrust, accusing them of unfoundedness.

Oleksandr and his colleagues, former servicemen of the Georgian army Georgy Bezhitashvili and Cesari Badzhalidze, were interrogated for video record in the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Belarus as part of the international legal order of the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine. Speaking as witnesses at the interrogation, they confirmed the previously announced information about the organization and participation of the "leaders" of the Maidan in mass executions on February 20, 2014. In particular, the accusations are made against the former chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and the former secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy, the former acting the head of the presidential administration of Ukraine, deputy Sergei Pashinsky, the former president of Georgia and the former adviser to the president of Ukraine Mikhail Saakashvili and other dignitaries. Their goal was to disrupt the Agreement on the Settlement of the Political Crisis in Ukraine - a document signed by the fourth president of Ukraine V. Yanukovych and opposition leaders mediated by representatives of the European Union on February 21, 2014.

All Georgian militants who volunteered to testify agreed to collaborate out of the fear for their own life. According to them, their fellow countrymen, who also took part in the crimes on the Maidan in 2014, started to go missing or die under unclear circumstances. The life of the "Georgian snipers" themselves is also constantly in danger. For this reason, two of them could not attend the interrogation of the Kiev court in the case of former Berkut residents through video communication and were forced to flee from the territory of Armenia, where they had been taking refuge for some time. Only later they had an opportunity to testify being situated in Belarus.

It turned out that Georgian witnesses had been trained in special camps under the leadership of the youth political movement "Free Zone" from the party of Saakashvili and repeatedly participated in military conflicts. They acted under the leadership of Mamuka Mamulashvili, a supporter and active assistant to Mikhail Saakashvili.

Previously, on the orders of the commander, Revazishvili came to Kiev in the spring of 2013, then in September 2013 and at the end of January 2014 to conduct sniper reconnaissance of the area near Khreshchatyk and Maidan streets. Andrei Parubiy ensured border crossing of the Georgian militants with the use of fake IDs. Sergey Pashinsky, as well as assistants to Parubiy and a certain American military instructor Christopher Brian, directly controlled their actions on the Maidan. Additionally, according to the testimony of "Georgian snipers", Pashinsky with a group of people equipped them with small arms. He personally fired on a crowd of protesters on the morning of February 20 from the balcony of the National Conservatory in Kiev. Also, a well-known activist of Euromaidan and subsequently Ukrainian Parliament deputy Volodymyr Parasyuk and his father are known to be firing to kill during those events.

Both the statement by Revazishvili and the video with the lawyer Goroshinsky are on open access and are actively discussed in Ukrainian publications. Moreover, no one else questions the testimony of the "Georgian snipers". Although representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine do not stop sabotaging an investigation into the killings of police officers on Maidan. They put off the interrogation of witnesses in court in order to determine the reliability of their testimonies by procedural means, and unprovenly "appoint" the perpetrators of executions of protesters. The only attempt to refute was the publication of Mikheil Saakashvili on his Facebook page. However, he ignored the invitation to prove his words in court.

In the meantime, even with the hope sobering up at least for some certainty, people whose guilt has not yet been proven remain in prison, and the real criminals are free.

Despite some progress in the fight against corruption in power, Ukraine still has a long way to win the trust of Europe and the United States. Mr. Stoltenberg was too hasteful when promised Kiev an early NATO membership. As long as influence and wealth are decisive factors in a state for impunity for war criminals, it cannot be a strategic ally.