The Untold Story Of A Ukrainian Sniper Who Took Part In The Maidan Massacre

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One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the February 2014 US-staged coup in Ukraine and the violent overthrow of then president Yanukovich, is "who started shooting first" by which we, of course, refer to the lethal shooting escalation between the government's police force and random snipers who conducted target practice with various citizens and officials of the law during the crackdown at the Euro Maidan square protests, which eventually escalated into all out violence whose culmination was the overthrow of the president.

In order to preserve the western narrative that the entire event was not one staged, massive, and very deadly false flag event, protest organisers have always denied any involvement. Which is why stories such as the one we wrote in March, which revealed that "Behind The Kiev Snipers It Was Somebody From The New Coalition" - A Stunning New Leak Released" got precisely zero traction in the western press.

But now, for the first time, one man has spoken up and told the BBC a different story. The story of "Sergei" does not answer all the questions, or even most of them. But it does shine a light on what else happened, what has not been reported in the western media until now, and why the events played out as they did.

It goes without saying, that since this is a story about Ukraine, one sourced by an anonymous Ukraine resident, and one which has been filtered by the establishment media, that everything below should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

From the BBC:

The untold story of the Maidan massacre

A day of bloodshed on Kiev's main square, nearly a year ago, marked the end of a winter of protest against the government of president Viktor Yanukovych, who soon afterwards fled the country. More than 50 protesters and three policemen died. But how did the shooting begin?


It's early in the morning, 20 February, 2014. Kiev's Maidan square is divided - on one side the riot police, the protesters on the other.

This has been going on for more than two months now. But events are about to come to a head. By the end of the day, more than 50 people will be dead, many of them gunned down in the street by security forces.

The violence will lead to the downfall of Ukraine's pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Moscow will call 20 February an armed coup, and use it to justify the annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

The protest leaders, some of whom now hold positions of power in the new Ukraine, insist full responsibility for the shootings lies with the security forces, acting on behalf of the previous government.

But one year on, some witnesses are beginning to paint a different picture.

"I was shooting downwards at their feet," says a man we will call Sergei, who tells me he took up position in the Kiev Conservatory, a music academy on the south-west corner of the square.

"Of course, I could have hit them in the arm or anywhere. But I didn't shoot to kill."

Sergei says he had been a regular protester on the Maidan for more than a month, and that his shots at police on the square and on the roof of an underground shopping mall, caused them to retreat.

There had been shooting two days earlier, on 18 February. The 19th, a Wednesday, had been quieter, but in the evening, Sergei says, he was put in contact with a man who offered him two guns: one a 12-gauge shotgun, the other a hunting rifle, a Saiga that fired high-velocity rounds.

He chose the latter, he says, and stashed it in the Post Office building, a few yards from the Conservatory. Both buildings were under the control of the protesters.

When the shooting started early on the morning of the 20th, Sergei says, he was escorted to the Conservatory, and spent some 20 minutes before 07:00 firing on police, alongside a second gunman.

His account is partially corroborated by other witnesses. That morning, Andriy Shevchenko, then an opposition MP and part of the Maidan movement, had received a phone call from the head of the riot police on the square.

"He calls me and says, 'Andriy, somebody is shooting at my guys.' And he said that the shooting was from the Conservatory."

Shevchenko contacted the man in charge of security for the protesters, Andriy Parubiy, known as the Commandant of the Maidan.

"I sent a group of my best men to go through the entire Conservatory building and determine whether there were any firing positions," Parubiy says.

Meanwhile the MP, Andriy Shevchenko, was getting increasingly panicked phone calls.

"I kept getting calls from the police officer, who said: 'I have three people wounded, I have five people wounded, I have one person dead.' And at some point he says, 'I am pulling out.' And he says, 'Andriy I do not know what will be next.' But I clearly felt that something really bad was about to happen."

Andriy Parubiy, now deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, says his men found no gunmen in the Conservatory building.

But a photographer who gained access to the Conservatory later in the morning - shortly after 08:00 - took pictures there of men with guns, although he did not see them fire.

Sergei's account also differs from Parubiy's.

"I was just reloading," he told me. "They ran up to me and one put his foot on top of me, and said, 'They want a word with you, everything is OK, but stop doing what you're doing.'"

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.

The three policemen are accused of causing 39 deaths. But at least a further dozen protestors were killed - and the three policemen who died of their wounds.

Some of the dead were almost certainly shot by snipers, who seemed to be shooting from some of the taller buildings surrounding the square.

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 exists."

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Ukraine's Prosecutor General, Vitaly Yarema, was dismissed this week, amid harsh criticism of his handling of the investigation.

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories flourish.

"I'm certain that the shootings of the 20th were carried out by snipers who arrived from Russia and who were controlled by Russia," says Andriy Parubiy, the former Commandant of the Maidan.

"The shooters were aiming to orchestrate a bloodbath on Maidan."

This is a widely-held belief in Ukraine. In Russia, many believe the opposite - that the revolt on Maidan was a Western conspiracy, a CIA-inspired coup designed to pull Ukraine out of Moscow's orbit. Neither side offers convincing evidence for its assertion.

The overwhelming majority of the protesters on Maidan were peaceful, unarmed citizens, who braved months of bitter cold to demand a change to their corrupt government. As far as is known, all the protesters killed on 20 February were unarmed.

The leaders of the Maidan have always maintained they did their best to keep guns away from the square.

"We knew that our strength was not to use force, and our weakness would be if we start shooting," says Andriy Shevchenko.

Parubiy says it is possible that a handful of protesters with weapons may have come to the Maidan as part of a spontaneous, unorganised response to violence from the security forces in the days running up to 20 February.

"I did hear that, after the shootings on 18 February, there were guys who came to Maidan with hunting rifles. I was told that sometimes they were the relatives or parents of those people who were killed on the 18th. So I concede that it's possible there were people with hunting rifles on Maidan. When the snipers began to kill our guys, one after another, I can imagine that those with the hunting rifles returned fire."

Sergei, again, tells a different story. He says he was recruited as a potential shooter in late-January, by a man he describes only as a retired military officer. Sergei himself was a former soldier.

"We got chatting, and he took me under his wing. He saw something in me that he liked. Officers are like psychologists, they can see who is capable. He kept me close."

The former officer dissuaded him from joining any of the more militant groups active on the Maidan.

"'Your time will come,' he said."

Was he being prepared, psychologically, to take up arms?

"Not that we sat down and worked out a plan. But we talked about it privately and he prepared me for it."

It is not clear who the man who apparently recruited Sergei was, or whether he belonged to any of the recognised groups active on the Maidan.

And there is much else that we still do not know, such as who fired the first shots on 20 February.

As for conspiracy theories, it is possible that Sergei was manipulated, played like a pawn in a bigger game. But that is not the way he sees it. He was a simple protester, he says, who took up arms in self-defence.

"I didn't want to shoot anyone or kill anyone. But that was the situation. I don't feel like some kind of hero. The opposite: I have trouble sleeping, bad premonitions. I'm trying to control myself. But I just get nervous all the time. I have nothing to be proud of. It's easy to shoot. Living afterwards, that's the hard thing. But you have to defend your country."

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Full BBC clip here

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El Oregonian's picture

Sins of the Father are visited to the second and third generations.

SofaPapa's picture

A nice touch by the BBC:

But one year on, some witnesses are beginning to paint a different picture.

Suggesting that until now, no one has suggested otherwise.  

Since day one, the activity of non-Ukrainian, non-Russian actors has been presented.  But that isn't the story they want to tell, is it?

Latina Lover's picture

The USSA narrative was BS from day 1, when someone (LOL) released recordings of Victoria (fuck the EU) Nuland telling us who was going to be the next leaders of the Ukraine. It was an obvious coup launched by the USSA state department using the typical color revolution tactics.

Pinto Currency's picture

 

 

NATO & Israeli snipers were apparently present in Kiev shooting both sides.

DYODD.

Latina Lover's picture

Typical USSA color revolution tactics, straight out of the CiA playbook. Unfortunately,  everything started to go wrong with the loss of Crimea.  Instead a of world class NATO port, perfect for threatening Russia, the USSA ended up with  a shitty rump state, useless except for producing GMO and fascist zombies..

0b1knob's picture

During the 1939 Winter War one Finnish sniper killed over 1000 Russians.   Ukes are wimps.   Stop bragging.  

Xibalba's picture

hahahaha!  I'm sure.   A fisherman went to the front lines and sniped the entire brigade....seems like a good movie Clint should direct. 

FlyinHigh's picture

It's all about the timing. The shooter was willing, but not able until his helper came along to help with the gun and position to shoot. He had the will, but not the means. The "Helper" had the means, but not the balls. So, who was the bad guy, the shooter or the helper? Sounds like both of um? But one was "Just Protecting His Country" (I might add here, just like any of YOU in your country) and the other was looking for a scape goat. So, now you have another piece of the puzzle Maybe this one just doesn't fit "YOUR" puzzle.
Maybe ?

Gazooks's picture

it's all about patsies and layers of plausible deniability

 

 

'Fuck the EU' isn't in the realm of conjecture

BKbroiler's picture

It goes without saying, that since this is a story about Ukraine, one sourced by an anonymous Ukraine resident, and one which has been filtered by the establishment media, that everything below should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

ahem... think that says it alll
Manthong's picture

I would just like to know how much money he got from Noodleman.

And for the doubter..

OK then, how about just how many cookies?

 

winchester's picture
winchester (not verified) Wolferl Feb 14, 2015 6:59 AM

have you seen his cheek, not surprising he was accurate, his face is an integrated bipod.

 

robobbob's picture

no, its a true story.

Simo Häyhä

505 confirmed kills with a sniper version mosin nagant. He was an experienced hunter and a member of the Finnish militia.

 

COSMOS's picture

Well they said he didnt use a scope, he felt he would expose himself too much with it.  Preferred normal iron sights. With all all white background of snow it must of been pretty easy to pick off people.

Wolferl's picture

Killing people from an ambush is not the main problem for a sniper, but getting away with it without getting killed.

Fred C Dobbs's picture

I bought a Mosin Nagant last year for about 150 USD.  I wish it could talk. 

Trogdor's picture

Not a fisherman - a farmer.  A 105-lb soaking wet kind of guy, named Simo Hayha - the Russians knew him as "The White Death."  His total kill count for his ~100 day participation in that war was something just north of 700, with 500 of those being with open-sight antiquated rifles (the rest in closer quarters with a Suomi machine gun).  He probably would have scored dramatically more, but he was wounded and spent the rest of the war in a coma (I guess Hades was getting overloaded at the border).  He eschewed the use of a scope because it had been how he had spotted and killed a handful of Russian snipers who were sent to kill him.  To this day, the Finnish are a force to be reckoned with in the realm of long-range shooting competition.

Beware the man with one rifle - he probably knows how to use it.

winchester's picture
winchester (not verified) Omen IV Feb 14, 2015 7:00 AM

like you read fed is ok economy is great usa is fine ?

 

take a break.

lincis's picture

it was 500 you muppet

macholatte's picture

 

 

It goes without saying, that since this is a story about Ukraine, one sourced by an anonymous Ukraine resident, and one which has been filtered by the establishment media, that everything below should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

 

Then why should anyone spend his time on this?

 

The Washington leadership has put aside non-proliferation programmes and devoted its energies and resources to driving the country to war by extraordinary deceit, then trying to manage the catastrophe it created.

Noam Chomsky

 

"Of course, I could have hit them in the arm or anywhere. But I didn't shoot to kill."

-- Brian Williams

nmewn's picture

lol..."You know, when I was up there shooting down into the square with Sergei, that time in Iraq came flooding back into my thoughts, about them letting me fly the Chinook to a hard landing on the LZ, hand to hand combat, fighting our out way to safety through a brigade of Republican Guards and staring down a hundred tubes of RPG's that had just been fired at me. Yep." - Brian Willams

spankfish's picture

Fixed it for you...

You know, when I was up there shooting down into the square with Sergei, then that time in the 'Nam came flooding back into my thoughts, we were heading for Pleiku, the LZ was hot... I steered my Huey to a hard landing on the LZ, hand to hand combat, fighting our way out to safety through a company of VC, taking the fight to Charlie.  No need for a body count.

This trip was no different... hit the hot tarmac at Bagram, jumped in my waiting Black Hawk... system check - all good, plenty of ammo and fuel for the run up to the Ukraine.  Take off... dust devils in my prop wash... suddenly out of nowhere... incoming incoming, bank left bank left, fired flares.  Damn that was close.  Nothing to get the adrenalin going like staring down a hundred tubes of RPG's that had just been fired at me. Yep. - Brian Williams

This news stuff is easy.

http://news.yahoo.com/brian-williams--seal-team-6-stories-are-the-latest-to-come-under-fire-210753237.html

nmewn's picture

It practically writes itself doesn't it, especially when truth or facts don't matter.

So now Brian has gotten himself embedded with Seal Team Six...lol...and one of its members gave him a piece of the chopper they blew up in the Bin Hidin raid, cuz, ya know, they always take the time to go around and pick up keep sakes & souvenirs that they think Brian might like to have.

Self centered narcissistic assholes at their very finest for fame, fun & profit, whether by Jackie Coakley & Lena Dunham or Sir Brian of Williams (what the hell, lets just go ahead and knight him).

And the truth is the very first casualty.

gcjohns1971's picture

Not following.

Why would the US need a Crimean port to threaten Russia?

Firstly most of Russia is land-locked.

Secondly, the US already has naval access to bases throughout the Pacific, Atlantic, North Sea, and the Med.   Shortly, they can already get to all of Russia's sea coast.  What would the US get from Crimea?

SofaPapa's picture

It's not that they want the Crimea.  it's that they wanted to take Crimea away from Russia, who does need it.  Not surprisingly, the Russians were not going to allow that to happen, and did not.  

Anyone on the US side of this who did not see exactly what the Russians were going to do in this scenario beforehand was a moron or delusional or both.  The Russians behaved exactly as anyone with any interest in Russian history would have expected them to act.  

This is regardless of leadership, by the way.  This has zero to do with Putin.  NO Russian leadership would allow the loss of Crimea.  Just ain't gonna happen.

hal10000's picture

American foreign policy is all about denial, literally.  It's about denying their enemies things that America cannot have.  Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and now the Ukraine.  Note the pattern.

Washington is also about denial as well.  "We do not torture."  "We are not spying on your phone calls."

Deny.  Deny.  Deny.

Anusocracy's picture

Control. Control. Control.

Max Steel's picture

" Russia still has large coastal line to defend . Now what will you claim next ? US navy can destroy them in 24 hours . Isn't it ?

HowdyDoody's picture

Russia's coastline is 37,600 km and its land borders are 20,200 km - a far way from 'mostly land-locked'. I suspect you may be thinking of Utah.

August's picture

>>>the USSA ended up with a shitty rump state

If VVP plays his cards right, the AngloZionist Rump will get considerably smaller. 

Right now, it still looks too big in that dress.

hal10000's picture

That explains Putin's statement about ensuring the territorial integrity of the Ukraine.  He doesn't want to foot the bill, and why should he?  So, he's not going to want more territory, if he wants any of it at all.  Dingbats in Kiev made the mess and they should damned well be the ones to clean it up.

I agree with Saker on the point of Russia can literally just take what it wants of the Ukraine and NATO can't do a damned thing about it.  NATO is just like the schoolyard bully.  Will pick on the small kids (Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan) but won't go after the bigger kids they know can strike back and give them a bloody nose.

Augustus's picture

How stupid is hal10000?

It is Russia which has military forces in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. 

The school yard bully is obviously Puutie and Russia will seffer under his leadership.

Augustus's picture

Pinto Currency = Paid by Puutie.

Jack Burton's picture

Whenever a sniper attack would benefit US foreign policy, somehow a sniper attack happens. Now, should we not consider it possible that the secret forces Obama commands could not just go to Kiev and do what needed to be done.

Most people don't know that Obama commands a special presidential Kill Team. Special Forces who operate as killers, and follow only Obama's direct orders to them. Why does the preident need a personal kill team. And what wouldn't they do.

I say the US used East European agents from former Yugoslavia and brought them in to make th hits under CIA and US Special Forces command, then, as videos prove.

Augustus's picture

Latina Lover,

Your post is typical for a befuddled beaner.  Always support a strongman ruler who will send you some payment, as Puutie is now.

Nuland was supporting the removal of a corrupt totalitarian ruler, despite the EU love of the type.  It seems that you also have a great love of the Yatso type government.  It was not a coup launched by the US.  It was a justified call for government change.  Just because you cannot concieve of any liberty allowed by a government does not mean that others cannot.

manofthenorth's picture

If Nuland wanted to support the removal of a corrupt totalitarian ruler she should have started with Obama !!!

I am awaiting the response for a justified call for government change in the US !

Ukrainians are tough, they can handle their own shit, we should mind our own fucking business and do the same !!!!!!

Augustus's picture

There was government change in the US.  Unfortunately it was Obama who fooled the people, TWICE.

He will be out in two more years.  Impeachment would be nice but he will get little more accomplished in his time left.  At least there is a Republican opposition in the legislative bodies to apply some restraint.

sessinpo's picture

Thanks for buying that ocean front property in Arizona.

Perhaps would you be interested in this bridge to Hawaii? Red pill/blue pill. Oh just make it purple pill for Augustus.

ImReady's picture

 "At least there is a Republican opposition in the legislative bodies to apply some restraint."

 

LOLOL, what planet are you living on?

 

There is no opposition. Two sides of the same coin...Remember Obamacare?

Augustus's picture

pinto,

A blank post is better than your others.  I'll green vote that one.

Max Steel's picture

We have been affirming that it was the Maidan people themselves who opened fire on the protestors and police that morning. People laughed - called us Kremlin apologists. Now, a year later, the BBC finally begins to tell the truth.
Are Washington/London going to slap sanctions on Kiev?

giovanni_f's picture

No. We are beyond the point where the western government needs the sheeple to believe its lies.

hal10000's picture

Crimes by our friends are not crimes at all.  Kiev can blow the shit up with artillery and bombers from the sky, but the moment an Eastern Ukrainian shoots back, it's unacceptable.