The British Broadcasting Company has interviewed a man who says he, at the behest of a certain group within the Maidan Square protesters in Kiev during the months-long stand-off, started the shooting that ended in massacre. The man, identified as “Sergei” in the BBC story, was found shooting by Maidan protester security after the police chief called the Member of Parliament who acted as liaison to the protesters and reported successively two, three, then five of his men shot.
Sergei says he is convinced the men who dragged him away were from Parubiy’s security unit, though he didn’t recognise their faces. He was escorted out of the Conservatory building, taken out of Kiev by car, and left to make his own way home.
By that time three policemen had been fatally wounded and the mass killings of protesters had begun.
Kiev’s official investigation has focused on what happened afterwards – after the riot police began to retreat from the square. In video footage, they are clearly seen firing towards protesters as they pull back.
Only three people have been arrested, all of them members of a special unit of riot police. And of these three, only two – the lower-ranking officers – remain in custody. The unit’s commanding officer, Dmitry Sadovnik, was granted bail and has now disappeared.
Remember this is direct participant testimony of a conspiracy, undertaken in secret, to cause a bloody incident which put the present party in power in Kiev. It joins a wide range of indirect participant testimony, beginning with that American official, Nuland, caught on a hacked phone call saying “Fuck Europe!” with respect to democratic process, and extending to the released from prison leader of the the opposition Tymoshenko, also caught on a cell phone conversation, speaking of killing all the million or so Russians now in Ukraine.
Lawyers for the victims and sources in the general prosecutor’s office have told the BBC that when it comes to investigating deaths that could not have been caused by the riot police, they have found their efforts blocked by the courts.
“If you think of Yanukovych’s time, it was like a Bermuda triangle: the prosecutor’s office, the police and the courts,” says Andriy Shevchenko. “Everyone knew that they co-operated, they covered each other and that was the basis of the massive corruption in the country. Those connections still exist.”
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Vitaly Yarema, was dismissed this week, amid harsh criticism of his handling of the investigation.
That is, even Poroshenko’s government accepts the premise that investigation of the massacre costing some 80 lives — a massacre that put the Poroshenko régime in power — has been incompetent heretofore: the problem is there’s no reason to expect it suddenly to become the clean-as-hound’s-tooth, all-the-way-to-the-Oval-Office sort of investigation that would cause one to doubt the validity of the English newspaper’s scoop.
Finally, remember that this is the régime that the United States of America is supporting with its guns and the diplomatic pressure provided by the NATO alliance. It’s one group of thugs helping another. . .
Meanwhile, the head of Russia is not failing to negotiate, although all of the politicians pictured are obviously conflicted:
Update 17 February 2015: This morning’s Pravda-on-the-Hudson reports that the troops shown almost surrounded in the Debaltseve pocket
are now completely surrounded. Your Intrepid Reporter, be it noted, predicted this some time ago, namely at the Fall of Slovansk.
Update 9 March 2015: The German Foreign Minister, speaking today in Romania [that is, speaking before an audience who would contradict him if he were making it up] stated that the cease-fire negotiated by the evil demon to the left of the picture above and the paragon of civilized virtue to the right, is holding and has been holding for more than two weeks. “A clear beginning was made.”
The governments in the region, without asking for help from the American Empire, have opened the way for a negotiated political agreement. From the Russian point of view, the Ukrainians could significantly heighten their creditability by investigating, seriously, the Maidan Square massacre. Yes, as I have pointed out, Putin has his political enemies within Russia offed. But he clearly has not grabbed territory for swelling Russian power; rather he has emerged as protective of Russian minority populations (as Hitler did, yes, with respect to Germans in border regions all around the Reich; but without the record of seeking political adjustments that Putin has compiled).
I note that the rôle goes back some distance in history during which time the Great Russians have announced their protective intent with respect to Slavs: their making good on that promise to Serbia brought on World War One 100 years ago. One could go further back; but the point is made. Putin is not engaged in some dastardly destruction of Western Civilization.