Category Archives: Ukraine

Ukraine | ‘Shoot at All Targets on Maidan’: New Evidence of Georgian Snipers

On February 20, 2014, unknown snipers shot at people gathered on Kiev’s central Maidan square killing 49 protesters and four police officers. Local opposition leaders, as well as US and EU representatives, were quick to point a finger at the “regime of Viktor Yanukovych.” Still, an official investigation failed to produce any results with the culprits still at large.

Ukraine | Mikheil Saakashvili deported from Ukraine

On the afternoon of February 12, members of the Ukrainian special forces arrested Saakashvili, the leader of the Ukrainian party “Movement of New Forces”, former president of Georgia, in a restaurant in Kiev. According to the closest associate of Saakashvili David Sakvarelidze, the detention took place in the Suluguni restaurant in the Museum Lane of Kiev. According to Sakvarelidze, the special forces drove up on Volkswagen buses with license plates AA. They dragged Saakashvili down the stairs, then pushed him into the car at gunpoint and took him to an unknown destination.
The State security and the Prosecutor General’s Office said they were not involved in the detention of Saakashvili. The speaker of the National Police also stated that he has no information about the detention of the politician.
Meanwhile, Saakashvili got on an airplane to Warsaw. From Warsaw, Saakashvili contacted his supporters over the phone. He said that after his arrest he was blindfolded, taken for a long time through Kiev, then brought to the international airport Borispol and forced to put on a plane.
The Polish Border Guard Service confirmed Saakashvili’s arrival to Warsaw. According to its data, Saakashvili was in Poland legally under the readmission agreement.
The political career of the Georgian politician in Ukraine was completed for the second time.

Ukraine | Nazis and anti-fascists in Kiev

On February 8 activists of the Nazi association “National Corps” detained two men in Kiev who distributed leaflets with calls to resist the Nazi occupation. This was reported by one of the active Kiev Nazis Sergei Filimonov on his facebook. The “National Corps” is the political wing of the regiment “Azov” and runs the newly created organization “National Squad”.
Filimonov published a video, which was later removed. On the video, several men bring two detainees to the ground, twist their arms, hit the face several times. Also, the nationalists demanded that the detainees “ask forgiveness from the Ukrainians.” One of the detainees stated that he was a communist. It was Alexandr Kononovich, one of the Ukrainian Young communist league leaders. The Nazis repeatedly beat him in recent years.
Kononovich and his friend handed out leaflets on behalf of the Anti-Fascist Committee of Ukraine. On the flyers was a photograph of the Young communist league member Vadim Papura from Odessa, who was brutally murdered in Odessa on May 2, 2014. That day a crowd of Nazis stormed the House of Trade Unions, and over forty anti-fascists were killed.

Ukraine | Odessa: new wave of arrests

Ukrainian political police continue its usual work and arrests every possible opponent to the Kiev regime. Its activity is high in the regions with disloyal population. Odessa region is one of them. During last month SBU (Ukrainian name of state security) arrested three persons accused of propaganda in social networks and fake spying against Ukraine.

Ukraine | Ukraine’s media are threaten again

On February 8, in Kiev, employees of the military prosecutor’s office, police and state agency for the search and management of assets seized the premises in the Gulliver office center, where the media holding ‘Vesti’ was located. “Vesti” has a newspaper and radio emission, which adheres to a moderate opposition line.
Around 6:00 several dozens of power services employees in masks broke into the editorial offices. Having seized control over them, they refused to let the employees of the holding company at working place, as well as the company’s lawyers.
The operation was conducted by the investigator of the military prosecutor Vitaly Opanasenko and the lawyer of the ASMA Andrei Potemkin. Following power services employees, representatives of a private security firm entered the premises and blocked access to the premises. They claim to represent a new tenant of the area.
Before this law-enforcers for some time carried out from the editorial office of “Vesti” certain things.
During the blockade of ‘Vesti’ editorial office in the office center tear gas was used against journalists.
Before the current attack, the power services employees had already rehearsed. On February 3, employees of the National Agency for the search and management of assets visited the office of Vesti Media Holding. However, they came on a Sunday, when the entire office center was closed. After their visit ‘Vesti’ announced preparations for the forcible seizure of its office.