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."

* * *

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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kianator's picture

Dude, Network Security is my domain.  :-) 

SmittyinLA's picture

Could be a long term deep state troll

giovanni_f's picture

Yes, a long term deep state troll volunteer, to be precise.

Joe A's picture

Yeah, I was recruited during a Bohemian Grove orgy.

Ignatius's picture

When a newbie shows up 9 seconds after an article appears with 36 links in his pocket, it may not be "proof" but it is suspicious.

We know what we know because we do our own due dilligence and thinking.

JohninMK's picture

Its a side effect of the success of ZH.

We just have to try and ignore them.

pods's picture

Hell, if I see anyone post that many links I am not clickin any of them.

Granted, it is cause I am an asshole, but it does protect me nonetheless.

Well, I would click a bunch from Flak, but it was actually fun to argue with him/her.


Eahudimac's picture

I watched a few for shits and giggles. Most were in Russian and don't provide any useful info. Total waste of time.

JuliaS's picture

How do we know he's not a troll?

For one thing, he's been a member for longer than 14 weeks. His profile description, unlike freedom123's, isn't written in broken english and doesn't say:

"I am writing mainly about Russia and Putin regime. Because I see that ZH is not in balance with information about what's actually happening in Russia and what crimes Putin regime does to it's people and other nations. I understand both English & Russian - so I think it's my duty to serve English speaking world to spread truth about Putin regime to Western world."

Something else I'm noticing about some of the fascist ukies here is that their avatar icons look fairly similar - some abstract quad-symmetcial (swastika-like) emblem. Maybe that's how they identify eachother.

kianator's picture

You are correct, I call them KTAs (Kremlin Troll Army) maggots.  They also use multiple user names on ZH.

Russian Propaganda Machine is making "USEFUL IDIOTS" out of my US social media websites targeting not only ZH but others on the far left (Kremlin apologists) and far right.

Joe A's picture

I don't care if they are pro-Kiev or pro-Moscow. They just need to fuck off. They can troll on BI or other MSM news site but don't waste bits and bytes on ZH.

kianator's picture

Forbes article on the Kremlin Troll Army:

Russia is winning the propaganda war on the Ukraine.


Joe A's picture

Like I said, pro-Kiev or pro-Moscow: they need to fuck off. And Forbes and other MSM are the media oulets for people with an agenda.

Russia winning the propaganda war on Ukraine? You'd be surprised how many people have their heads in their arses believing anything that comes out of State subsidized media in the West.

Telling these people that this whole conflict is more than just control over Ukraine goes beyond their mental capacities. And they get edgy because of that because they get a nagging feeling in their heads that they are being played as sheep and that upsets their worldview and view of themselves. In order to make that nagging feeling go away they will direct their anger at you. Cause a lot of people like being sheep. It is safe they think.

Latina Lover's picture

Well said, Joe A.    I am open to counter arguments, but reading the mindless drivel aka state department talking points spewed by the Uie trolls gets rather tiresome.  

Lanka's picture


Where ignorance is bliss

'Tis folly to be wise


Thomas Gray

Max Steel's picture

Try making a sane argument next time.
Hint: A sane argument is not one based wishful thinking that gives US leaders far more credit as to their intelligence than is deserved. Your Amerika uber alles argument is rooted in fantasy, not fact.

August's picture

Forbes article on the Kremlin Troll Army:

The surest way to know that there is an state-organised conspiracy against you is when large numbers of negative comments are posted to your opinion pieces.

Looks like Forbes really should suppress all comments to their forign policy articles.  Problem solved.

hal10000's picture

It's just speculation on the author's part.

Russia doesn't need to pay anyone at all.  Just have to sit back and watch as the public in the west continually gets demoralized and disconnected from their governments and let nature take it's course.  Putin doesn't need anyone to defend Russia and most people on these boards are lashing out at the ineptitude and criminal negligence of our own leadership as they continue to show themselves to be lairs and thieves.


The only downside is that you see a lot of comments making out Putin to be the un-Obama.  Putin is out to defend himself and his national interest and they just marginally coincide with our own here at this time but make no mistake, Putin will turn on anyone just as surely as Obama does.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Excellent post. There truly is no "clean shirt" on any side of any of these issues (Ukraine, MENA, etc, etc, etc).

Latina Lover's picture

Forbes along with other mainstream media liars, is not used to the pushback by knowledgeable readers who can think for themselves.  The  politically correct Maidan narrative, for example, is a complete joke. When did a President of any country 'run' away from protestors, unless they were in imminent danger of their lives.   Since there was no due process for impeaching the President, it is obvious that the process was illegal, resulting in a putsch or coup. It was this illegality that provoked Crimea to leave the Ukraine, and for Donbass to rebel and declare independence. Even if you hated Yanukovich, and he was a real piece of shit, still the Ukraine would be a unitary state today if due process had been followed.

JAFAH's picture

We are now coming up on 1 year since the "Deal" was reached to end the protests, and get Ukraine on the road to unity and prosperity. As reported by the BBC.

Some of the comments by the dear leaders sound so positive.


Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski tweeted that the deal was a "good compromise for Ukraine" which would open the way "to reform and to Europe".

Mr Sikorski told reporters on his return to Warsaw that Russia had played a constructive role in reaching the agreement.

The White House has welcomed Friday's deal, praising "the courageous opposition leaders who recognised the need for compromise".

President Barack Obama is due to speak to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, later on Friday.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron also welcomed the agreement and called on all sides in Ukraine to "get behind this deal and deliver it according to the timetable set out".

What could possibly go wrong?

lazysunday's picture

His national interest? Was the winter olympics or the world cup in the national interest? or was it in the interest of his KGB Mafia brothers? over $100B has been given to projects with no fucking use.... but no we will just call that in the nations interest. 


Putin only gives one fuck about himself....period.


Putin is more corrupt than other leader in the world, how is he the richest man in the world but only earns a modest wage being the president? Is that fucking good at blackjack?


giovanni_f's picture

Russia is winning the war in Ukraine, this truth prevails in the alternative media such as ZH.

To say "Russia is winning the propaganda war on the Ukraine" is propaganda in itself.  

Augustus's picture

Joe A:

". . . As far as I am concerned everybody is free to what he or she wants to write on ZH but trolls should just fuck off."


Heh, Joe


Don't worry about posting a forewarding address. 

Hannibal's picture

Troll, freedom123: FUCK OFF!

Augustus's picture


Why don't you Puutie loves gather on some Russian language web site to practice fucking each other?

When Puutie calls you can be prepared.

Max Steel's picture

Please pull your head out of your ass.
We all are tired of watching you embarrass yourself. . No worries though. The world also needs idiots and morons.

Max Steel's picture

Please pull your head out of your ass.
We all are tired of watching you embarrass yourself.. No worries though. The world also needs idiots and morons.

El Vaquero's picture

Did it hurt when they grafted the marionnete strings into your body?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Here are your terrorists, viedorklis_goatfucker123_lv:

You lowlife scum piece of filth.

giovanni_f's picture

About "freedom123":

"I am writing mainly about Russia and Putin regime. Because I see that ZH is not in balance with information".

This says it all. This Nazi-asshole perceives himself as educator of the ZH crowd.

Augustus's picture


The complete ignorance of many of the ZH crowd is readily evident.

Even when presented with evidence, the Puutie lovers quickly respond to the dog whistle to accuse someone of being a Nazzi or, even worse, a Jew who love Nazis.

That says it all.

Ignatius's picture

Who benefitted?  A much easier outcome to calculate.

The Romans understood that equation 2000 years ago.

froze25's picture

As in most crimes, follow the money.

Radical Marijuana's picture



Regarding all the supreme crimes,

follow the money to its SOURCE!

The biggest gangsters are the banksters, that can legally counterfeit the public "money" supply out of nothing as debts, while everyone is forced to accept that fraud, including even the government itself that enforces those frauds, because the best organized gangs of criminals were able to apply the methods of organized crime to the political processes, in order to effectively control governments to privatize public powers, like control over the public "money" supply.

The struggle for control over resources becomes the struggle to control the financial accounting systems, which have become almost totally enforced frauds, in which situation there is practically nothing but organized crime, surrounded by controlled opposition, that includes governments as the biggest form of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals, which enables there to be public schools and mass media that put on elections as puppet shows for the masses of muppets ... If that fake democracy's fake education fails, then those established systems shift gears, such as happened in the Ukraine.

ALL the significant political events are skirmishes between the different organized crime gangs, with the supreme prize continuing to be the control over the monetary system, which then controls everything else, including the ability to pay for the murder system. While the basic prize is control over resources, the effective social control over those resources is control of the monetary system. Hence, the history of backing up lies with violence has become systems of enforced frauds.

The Zero Hedge story above is a tiny, tiny keyhole into the background that everything was based on organized lies operating robberies. There are deeper levels with respect to the truism: "As in most crimes, follow the money." Namely, follow that "money" to its SOURCE to understand the supreme crimes.

MONEY IS MEASUREMENT BACKED BY MURDER. False flag murders are one of the mainstays of the history of militarism. The deeper levels of those facts are that thousands of years of the history of backing up lies with violence, becoming systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, have created fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting systems, which are controlling civilization to behave in criminally insane ways, that have always been getting worse at an exponentially accelerating rate for thousands of years, but which tragic trajectory is now requiring doublings of such magnitude as to become mind boggling.

The Ukrainian situation is the international banksters attempting to consolidate their global hegemony of ENFORCING FRAUDS, despite that seriously risking starting a war that could result in out of control uses of weapons of mass destruction. There has been a history of murders on an exponential rate. Single acts of assassination created consequences that could result in mass murders later ... When one follows the money to its SOURCE the unavoidable conclusion is that civilization has become terminally crazy, and thus, the paradox is final failure from too much "success."

What is unfolding in the Ukraine is an extension of the same pattern of historical events as were described by the historian Carroll Quigley:

"powers of financial capitalism
had another far-reaching goal,
nothing less than to create a
world system of financial
control in private hands
able to dominate the
political system of
each country and
the economy of
the world as
a whole ..."

However, those are not adequately described with the phrase "powers of financial capitalism." There are no good labels, that are widely understood, to discuss the political situations that exist when governments are the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals. The situation in the Ukraine was one of the historical tipping points, where one of the previously dominant organized crime gangs were supplanted by another organized crime gang, which was thereby able to proclaim itself to be the "government."

My general view is that we should stop using false fundamental dichotomies, and the related impossible ideals, to discuss political events. Rather, we should attempt to use more unitary mechanisms to develop better political science.

Money is always measurement backed by murder. Sniper assassinations take place inside of that context. However, those systems, which were sufficiently successful for thousands of years, are now being pumped up and UP by the development of electronics and atomic energy. Since those advances in science and technology are still being channeled through social pyramid systems based on backing up lies with violence, we are witnesses to the emerging Peak Insanities, spiraling through almost infinite tunnels of deceits.

Symbolically speaking, it may be considered significant that the Chernobyl disaster took place in the Ukraine.

Mikhail Gorbachev has previously stated his view that the destruction of the Soviet Union symbolically began with the Chernobyl disaster. Today, the paradoxical ways that electronic and atomic energy are being developed through social pyramid systems whose basic structure is based on being able to back up lies with violence (whose most important forms are the ways that financial frauds are enforced), results in us being able to read on Zero Hedge information communicated to us through electronic means, about the increasingly severe MADNESSES of the previously biggest and best organized gangs of criminals, (who control NATO countries) attempting to consolidate their global hegemony through combined monetary/military systems, despite that risking out of control deployment of atomic power!


Mikhail Gorbachev Warns of Major (Nuclear) War In Europe Over Ukraine

The Road To War With Russia

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has givena chilling assessment of a new geopolitical situation taking shape amid the Ukrainian crisis, warning of  a possible new Cold War and calling the West’s  approach to the crisis a “fatal mistake. ...”

The overwhelming vast majority of people do NOT WANT to follow the money to its SOURCE, because they would then have to face the facts that the public "money" supply, that they rely upon, was based on backing up measurements with murders. To more fully face those facts requires comprehending that there is almost nothing but organized crime and controlled opposition.

Snipers are matches which could light the world on fire, because the world has become a tinderbox of inflammable materials ... due to thousands of years of human history being based on backing up lies with violence being amplified to astronomical sizes by progress in science and technology, while NOTHING like that has happened in political science, because such progress in political science would require eschewing the standard reliance upon false DUALITIES.

All human beings and human civilizations operate as entropic pumps of energy flows, which have been misunderstood in the maximum backward ways possible, because the biggest bullies, who are currently the banksters, have been able to promote their bullshit social stories. In that context, it is practically impossible to have any genuine "peace processes," because everyone participating is doing so as professional liars and immaculate hypocrites, because the natural languages that they speak, and the basic philosophy of science that they presume, are BACKWARDS!

Human realities are always organized lies operating robberies, in which the most extreme form of robbery is murder. Governments are always the biggest form of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals. Those are the real context in which the events in the Ukraine, and everywhere else, are playing through. The chronic political problems inherent in the nature of life are being resolved by the people who are the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, competing with each other, in ways which are due to morbid psychological and political habits, which have been developing for thousands of years.

In that context, false flag snipers murdering people is nothing new. The only thing which is "new" is that now there is electronics and atomic energy, while nothing else is "new" in politics. The deeper issues are whether or not the human species will be able to survive through to develop some superior political science, which is consistent with the progress in physical sciences. However, at the present time, there are almost no indications that is possible ... Rather, we are still on the path of individual murders heading towards provoking mass murders. A better theory and practice of death controls is possible ... however, that continues to look practically impossible at the present time.

cigarEngineer's picture

If we listen to it, that "fuck the EU" part is the most unnatural excerpt of the entire conversation. Almost as if it were faked. The last part being discussed were the Russians before that outburst. Weird way for it to come out like that. Not that it matters, but i wanted to mention it.

Nafets93's picture

I think the link posted above doesn't lead to the real conversation. This version really is edited, this is the real one:

Dr. Richard Head's picture

That video, as it details in the details, was an excerpt and was edited for brvity.  The entire telephone conversation is indeed available and Fuch the EU was as natural in the course of conversation, as was the midwiving the regime change throug NATO parts of the conversation.  

Nafets93's picture

Well spoken, Sir. In the real conversation, she says "Fuck the EU" really naturally, without a doubt.

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Thanks.  Too bad I can't spell...

DaveyJones's picture

I'll second that vote. Hard to believe the us would sound like a callous imperial killing machine

cnmcdee's picture

Nail gun on ailse 8!

JustObserving's picture
Ukraine: Poland trained putchists two months in advance

Two months after the change of regime in Kiev, the Polish press has disclosed the role of Donald Tusk’s government in preparing the coup. The new revelations belie Western discourse and demonstrate that the current interim government of Oleksandr Tourtchynov was imposed by NATO in violation of international law.

noben's picture

Why are Poles ALWAYS such Useful Sluts?
(shaking head in incredulity and rolling eyes)

UpAndComing's picture

The curious part is currently more so than they hate Ukies...anyone familiar with the history has to chuckle when Poland and Lithuania are organizing to help Ukraine against Russia.

August's picture

The Poles and Lithuanians were once the joint overlords of West-Central Ukraine.

The involvement of Poland and Lithuania in the current mess is almost funny, as they are pretending to be one of two lions (the other being Russia) now fighting over the carcass of Ukraine.  On its own, the best Poland can be is a hyena, and even that gives them too much credit.

Max Steel's picture

Poles : Earth's biggest cry baby c**ts.