Today the Pechersk District Court heard two cases regarding abuse of power and office by internal military officers D.V. Kravets and L.V. Lomonos who, in performance of their duties, committed unlawful acts degrading human dignity and committed violence and torture against Mykhaylo Havryliuk during the events of Euromaidan. The case resonated widely after a video of the brutal treatment of Havryliuk was made public.
Both court hearings ended with the approval of settlement agreements, a one year probation period with a prohibition against engaging in law enforcement activities, and an obligation to apologize to the victim in writing.
Reading between lines, the case materials reveal an impressive ability to forgive.
Translated by Svitlana Gusak, edited by Robin Rohrback
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Over the last four months the media, including Russian media, have been talking about how residents of the Donetsk region don’t support the uprising and rebels on Maidan because eastern workers prefer stability and labor to senseless demonstrations. Despite this, some of the same media, in covering the separatist provocations in Donetsk, Slavyansk, Kharkiv, and Luhansk, draw parallels with Maidan.
It is worth analyzing in detail how justified such comparisons are.
Despite some outside similarity between two Ukrainian protests – the Maidan [Euromaidan] and the so-called separatist demonstrations in eastern Ukraine now taking place, they are radically different, starting with the fact, that pro-Russian/separatist protests almost entirely lacked the peaceful phase, say political scientists.
“Let’s remember one thing: for two months, people stood on the Maidan absolutely unarmed and demanded punishment for those guilty of beating students on Nov. 30 – Dec. 1. By contrast, in the easternmost oblasts, we are seeing militants in Russian uniforms and gear, shooting and taking over the government buildings,” Ukrainian political scientist Oleksiy Haran told BBC Ukraine.
His colleague Mykhailo Pohrebinskiy says that there was far less weaponry on the Maidan even during the violent phase that started on January 19. He points to yet another difference between the Maidan and supposedly pro-Russian movements: “The public arena does not have any obvious political leaders in this new ‘protest’.”
BBC Ukraine has put together a selection of photos illustrating the similarities and differences between these two Ukrainian protest movements.
The photos of pro-Russian actions are on the left, while Euromaidan photos from Kyiv are on the right.
During both protests, in the East and on the Maidan, mainly men threw paving stones at police and took over administrative buildings
Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, head of the Security Service of Ukraine
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He opined that arrangements will eventually be made for anyone who wants to visit Parliament to do so.
“The fact that Parliament has been opened, that Parliament did not ask for armed protection from the Ministry of the Interior, does not mean that Parliament can be assaulted and humiliated,” he said.
A cellist performs the opening bars of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” at Privoz market in Odesa
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Šimonović said he is concerned about those injured and killed as a result of the protests in the regions, especially in Kharkiv and Donetsk, and stressed that those responsible for killing people on Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv, including the snipers, must be found. Continue reading →
Today, February 28, 2014, Ukraine officially published law number 745-VII, “On establishment of state aid to participants of mass public protests who suffered during the protest actions, and to members of their families.” The law was published in the newspaper Holos Ukrainy. Continue reading →