Mykhailo Havryliuk – Kozak Hero Forgives Torturer Before Trial Sentencing

A Hero is the Beauty of his Shining Spirit: Kozak Havryliuk Forgives Torturer Standing Trial

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A few words about the Good…

Not only does it prevail over Evil, but it also inspires everyone to do good deeds.

Do you recall Kozak Havryliuk? The one who was caught by Berkut on Hrushevskiy Street on about January 22nd, brutally beaten, derided – was stripped naked in the freezing cold (-20C), was kept in a paddy wagon naked for a couple of hours, mocked and humiliated. And this man has maintained his dignity and hasn’t become bitter! His torturers are currently standing trial. The warrant officer who tortured him faces up to 8 years in prison.

“I do not have any claim to this man and I want him to get released, do his own business and raise his children. Why should his child become an orphan, why should his dad be taken away from him? I think that it will be a much better lesson than 8…

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Crimean “Berkut” beat and looted their prisoners


The co-workers of the Crimean “Berkut” were beating and looting their captives on March, 9.

Kateryna, the wife of one of the detainees – Yevghen Rahno, told this to the Ukrainian newspaper ‘Ukrainska Pravda’. According to her, he is now on his way to Kyiv and has disclosed some details of the two days and nights he spent in the detention center via phone. Continue reading

Berkut militants will be given Russian passports

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation authorized the Russian consulate in Simferopol to start issuing Russian passports to the militants of the special police force Berkut. This was reported on January 28 on the Facebook page of the Foreign Service.


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Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation promised to employ Ukrainian colleagues who would eventually become citizens of Russia. Astrakhan Oblast governor Alexander Zhilkin extended the invitation to Berkut members who want political asylum in Russia. Continue reading

Chief of Volyn Berkut tells who issued the weapons and how much his Berkut were paid

The chief of the Berkut riot police in Volyn Oblast has revealed that all Volyn members of the Berkut who were transferred to Kyiv during the protests received a bonus of 5,000 to 15,000 UAH. They had also been promised apartments in Lutsk.

Dmytro Beliayev, chief of the Volyn Berkut, provided the information during questioning by Lutsk activists on the local Euromaidan. The commander of the special forces spoke last, after each of the 30 or so members of his unit had been questioned by the activists.

Beliayev said he lives in the village of Prylutske in Kivertsi District of Volyn, but he warned from the outset that he lives with family, including his aunt, who, he says, is not to blame.

“When you burn my house down, keep in mind that my aunt lives there too. She’s not to blame for anything,” Beliayev said. Continue reading

An Eyewitness Account of the Night of February 19th in the Battle For Maidan

By Serhiy Suprun

I want to tell you about the night of February 19th, and what happened during the operation of “clearing the Maidan” by the Berkut police.

It was the toughest night of them all. The famed self-defense “hundreds” (“sotni”) were nowhere near us and neither were the guardsmen from “Svoboda.” The men holding up the front line of defense were badly organized and severely exhausted, at this point having to use their heads to prop up their shields against the oncoming assault, because their arms had no strength left in them. The stage provided them some confort, because it was free of the MP’s usual cheap pathos-filled and self-serving slogans. There was no one left. Parubiy (leader of people’s self-defense) declared that he suffered a stroke and went home. Turchynov (MP) requested a stretcher, announcing that he was hit by a sniper’s bullet. Continue reading

Physicians of the Maidan, part 3

His story is unique and complicated, because he is neither a professional physician nor even a Maidan volunteer. Pavlo is a web designer from Lutsk. He arrived in Kyiv on 12 December. Pavlo has a very unusual background: he is a leader of the Lutsk castle historical reenactment team and the best archer in Western Ukraine. However, right here and now he is more into saving lives than shooting. He was a lifeguard in the Russian Emergency Ministry for more than six years and so, with his good experience in field surgery treatment, he believes that Maidan is the only place for him now. He has no fear of blood and is extremely stress-proof.

As Pavlo tells it, he joined the Second Self-Defense Sotnya [a special name for the self-defense division] because has already had friends there.

“On 19 January,” he said, “during the peaceful demonstration, medical services were operating only within Maidan’s perimeter. So there were only two medical workers in the whole convoy when the clashes began. However, physicians began fetching up to the hot zone within half an hour. We did it at our own risk, because had been ordered to step back. The doctors did not obey the order. We thought, ‘We shall stay as long as at least one person remains here.’ First, we organized an ambulance in the archway at Hrushevskiy 4. I was giving instructions to make corridors so the wounded could be evacuated to a safer place. A crowd remains a crowd. When it became clear that things would last for a long while, we occupied the ground floor of the building, as it was impossible to bandage the wounded outside in the cold and under fire. On 22 January, during the attacks, the first aid point’s doors were closed in order to keep Berkut from entering our health center. We put a large white flag with the Red Cross on the door, and some medic T-shirts too. In fact, what was happening inside could be seen clearly through the glass doors. Nevertheless, they smashed the windows and started throwing flashbangs inside. The explosions are much louder inside, you know. But we were lucky to escape and evacuate the wounded through the back exit to October Palace. We took the wounded and the most essential medical instruments. The surgical instruments, which were almost priceless at the moment, we had to leave behind. When we came back, nothing was left. Everything was smashed and broken. I still can’t understand why and for what purpose they did it.

“I will never forget that Monday night, 2 am and nobody minding the gas. Me and my colleague, another physician, were constantly watching for wounded to carry out or to run for help. So, we were just standing there waiting and smoking. Suddenly some grandma, about 70 years old maybe, comes up to us and says, ‘What are you doing, kids? You’re doctors, you should know smoking is dangerous’–and all under that smoke, gas and ashes from the burnt buses . . . that was fun. Anyhow, we had to persuade this elderly woman to leave for a safer place.

“Four sotnyas [divisions] provide the perimeter guard at the barricades, while inside the scene, underground crosswalk control, the House of Trade Unions, and Kyiv City Administration are on us. People have been coming from the very beginning and more divisions have been organized; I cannot even tell you how many there are now. The second sotnya is the toughest of them all. When we kicked the internal forces away from Ukrainskiy Dim and the assignment started, they offered to let us relocate at least some of the fighters there because it was warm and dry there with the additional infrastructure provided. The answer was ‘Oh no, how could we just… go away? No, we’re going to stay here in our tent, well, we’ll light the burzhuyka [a kind of DIY stove usually meant for field use], freeze a bit but we’re not leaving.’ My place is here. Sometimes there’s a longing to go home, but maybe just for a day. When it’s quiet, I feel I’d like just to come meet my friends and kick back. Sure, stitching wounds and carrying the dead [Pavlo helped to carry Nigoyan and Zhyznevsky to the first-aid points] is no fun. Maybe I would like to go back home but though it may sound pathetic, I feel that my duty is to lend my experience for Maidan’s sake, for the rightful cause. Sometimes I think, well, maybe it would be better for me to be on guard or at the frontline, to show these titushki a thing or two. But there are enough people to do that. I am here just doing what I have to do. When the battles at Hrushevskiy Street started, for many people it was the sign of the war beginning. But the war has actually never ceased, though maybe not every story is told. Why? Because there are always titushki and provocateurs around, because there are stories of somebody caught by police when going to his friend’s for a shower. As you may know, there are very clear reasons why we prefer not to address the official hospitals and try to organize everything right here.

“The fighters of the sotnyas have already become my family. We did not know each other before, but the feeling of fraternity is so intense, just as if we grew up side by side. This tent, sometimes wet and cold and crowded, is not a home yet, but it has become something very important, very communal for all of us.

“People invite each other over; there is a common joke that we may be on the road for another couple of years. Yet no one says ‘if we win.’ ‘When we win’ is the only answer. Something like this: ‘So, when we win, come to my place, you’re welcome.’ Nobody knows when it’s going to be, but nobody loses faith. All of us believe in victory, it’s 100%.”

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MPs Hrytsenko and Kanivets to escort departing Berkut and Interior Troops

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“Single party representative Oleh Kanivets and I are presently escorting the Berkut units–Odesa, Sevastopol, Kherson, Vinnytsya– that have decided to stop providing security for the Presidential Administration on Bankova. They are heading in columns to their home bases (in accordance with the resolution approved yesterday by Verkhovna Rada). In addition to the Berkut units, regional units of the Southern Territorial Command of Interior Troops are returning to their regions. The total number of departing troops stands at 800. The remaining 1100 Interior Troops will provide security for the block of buildings on Bankova. Continue reading

« Berkut » peut être considérée comme la cinquième colonne de Moscou – Dmitro Yaroch

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Traduit par Claire Vilpoux

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Edité par : Gazeta.Ua

Auteure de l’article : Lioudmila  Mytyiouk

« Berkut » peut être considérée comme la cinquième colonne de Moscou – Dmitro Yaroch

« Ianoukovitch surestime la puissance des forces de sécurité, il est convaincu qu’on peut chasser les manifestants de Maidan en quelques dizaines de minutes. Mais il se trompe complètement », a déclaré le leader de « Pravyi Sektor», Dmitro Yaroch, dans une interview donnée au journal ‘Kraïna’.

Après la victoire de Maïdan, le Ministère de l’Intérieur devra être reformé, a-t-il dit.

« Les structures informelles et corrompues n’existent désormais plus dans le pays. Il n’y a pas un chef de milice ou un homme d’affaires qui porte une valise remplie d’argent ou qui ait « obtenu » un poste. Lorsque Ianoukovitch est arrivé au pouvoir, ils ont commencé activement à changer l’équipe présidentielle, les responsables politiques des forces de l’ordre. Depuis quatre ans, l’âme patriotique de ces services a…

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