Former Odessa Oblast Police Chief Fuchedzhi Flees Ukraine, Placed on Wanted List

Ukraine’s Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov reported that former chief of Odessa oblast police Dmytro Fuchedzhi has been placed on a wanted list.

“Mr Fuchedzhi crossed the state border of Ukraine at 5 am this morning and is now a fugitive from justice; he has been placed on a wanted list”, said Avakov to journalists gathered at Kharkiv airport on Wednesday, May 7.

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Euromaidan activists attacked and beaten by police near Kharkiv

Hanna Sinkova, journalist at informator.su

activist Serhiy Bondar before and after meeting Avakov’s cops in the Kharkiv Region. 

activist Serhiy Bondar before and after meeting Avakov’s cops in the Kharkiv Region.

The first reports are coming in about those activists arrested near Kharkiv or in it.

In particular, these reports to INFORMATOR mention that law enforcement and separatists, armed with automatic rifles, were waiting for them at entrances to the Kharkiv Region on both sides of the road.

Ordinary police made up a majority of the law enforcement personnel, but soldiers from the disbanded Berkut special forces and soldiers from Sokil’ special forces also took part in the arrests. The latter, after breaking bus windows, leapt inside and took activists out onto the road, and then laid them out on the pavement. Continue reading

In Moscow, people speaking Ukrainian are being beaten

Moscow beatingsSince the beginning of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, attitudes towards Ukrainians in Moscow have worsened markedly, from both policemen and ordinary citizens.

Vladimir, a Ukrainian migrant worker in Moscow, said that in Moscow, a man was talking to his brother on the phone in Ukrainian, when he was approached with a knife and beaten, writes Tizhden.

“They yelled, ‘What, khokhol, got what you wanted?’ ” says Vladimir. He also claims that policemen have started demanding bigger bribes from illegals. “The policemen who knew we were illegals used to get their bribe once a month and then leave. Now, they come a few times a week. One barged in, drunk as a pig, and said that we owe him because we’re Banderites and his grandfather liberated us,” he says. Continue reading

Ukrainian law enforcement authorities have detained two suspects in the shootings of Maidan protesters

According to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, a preliminary report on the investigation of mass murders in the center of Kyiv will be published on 3 April 2014.

Law enforcement officers have detained the first suspects in the shooting of protesters in Kyiv on 18-20 February 2014, said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov today [30 March 2014]. Continue reading

Maidan: a determination to win, not to be defeated, and to be willing to go to the very end

Robert van Voren. February 20, 2014

Protestors periodically shoot fireworks at Berkut

Protestors periodically shoot fireworks at Berkut

Tonight the atmosphere at Maidan was an extraordinary one, very hard to catch in words.

Totally conflicting emotions. The sky filled with smoke from the burning tires, with an orange-yellow glow fluctuating behind the skeletons of the barricades, with every now and then outbursts of sparks resulting from explosions and big bangs of stun grenades that make the ground shake.  Continue reading

The Sniper Story of the Maidan Murders Does not Tell All: Journalist

Every Maidan death must be investigated

Journalist Olga Khudetska lists the names of murdered Maidan activists whose death circumstances do not fit the bounds of the so-called “sniper” version of events.

“As important as the subject of snipers is, it should not serve to cover up hundreds of those who beat people to death with their feet and batons,” writes The Insider journalist Olga Khudetska on her Facebook page.

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One hundred people were killed during the clashes in Kyiv

Friday, March 7, 2014, 08:18

The Ministry of Health reports that the number of dead in the clashes in the center of Kyiv has reached one hundred people from November 30, 2013. These are figures given by the Ministry led by former Maidan doctor Oleh Musiy as of 6 a.m. March 6, 2014.

The Ministry of Health reports a person who had been treated in Kyiv municipal clinical hospital №12 since February 28 died on March 5. The ministry doesn’t specify at this moment the number of dead from the protesters’ side and the number of dead from the law enforcement forces’ side.

Starting from 10 a.m. on February 18, 1075 people sought medical assistance from the First Aid teams and hospitals with emergency rooms in Kyiv; 698 have been hospitalized. In particular, as of 6 a.m. March 6, 36 persons had sought medical assistance from the First Aid teams; 22 have been hospitalized. 216 are being treated in Kyiv’s hospitals at this moment. Continue reading

Avakov: “Third force” involved in Kyiv bloodshed

A “third force” was involved in the conflict between the protesters and police which resulted in almost 100 deaths, says Acting Minister of Internal Affairs Arseniy Avakov.

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“Two weeks ago bullets were flying in Kyiv, in the very center,” he said. “A very serious investigation is underway. I think the time will come when we release the facts: who was shooting whom and on whose command. Fact are now being pieced together. I can just say one thing: the key factor in the confrontation which resulted in the bloody slaughter in Kyiv, turned the battlefield upside down and induced a state of shock was a third force. This force was not Ukrainian. We must understand this very clearly,” he said. Continue reading

Abductors of Lutsenko and Verbytsky have been detained

The men responsible for the abduction of activists Ihor Lutsenko and Yuriy Verbytsky have been detained by the principal investigative unit of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the acting Minister of Interior Affairs Arsen Avakov announced on his Facebook page.

“The main investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has arrested the immediate perpetrators of the abduction of Ihor Lutsenko and the murder of Yuriy Verbitsky,” he stated. 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