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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JohninMK's picture

Centuries of training.

ebworthen's picture

Yup, neo-Nazi coup supported by the U.S., right in Russia's backyard.

Bad idea all around.

Cynicles's picture

Some of the US gov generated false flag ops have yielded wonderous results for the totilitarian US gov.

Recent example of Sandy Hoax, where no one died, has been a tremendous platform for the tyranical gun control agenda.

petroglyph's picture

Hell its not even the first time. I find it telling that the "news" doesn't think that Biden's son running the energy company already in Ukraine to be the least bit ironic? It doesn't even get a mention. People other than here or some other alternative media even understand what I just said. Every time I bring it up, it get's immediately dismissed and somebody changes the issue as fast as they can and tries to keep their distance.

Just like Jules Vern's idea's became reality as did much of "Star Trek", so shall the Matrix.

Tracerfan's picture

The shooters shot the police and the protesters.  Shot the police to get them to shoot the protesters.  Check out Operation Gladio and other uses of snipers in US-supported putsch/revolutionary operations.

The fact that the US-supported putsch regime has yet to find the snipers tells you who was behind them.

Sanity Bear's picture

Why would the BBC publish this? Are the masters of the universe throwing the Nazis in Kiev under the bus now?

The_Prisoner's picture

Yep. Pretty much.

Poroshenko is not killing people fast enough. Do the US will throw him under the bus and get someone really blood-thirsty.

You can see Kolomoisky's name is nowhere to be seen, even though he was the one financing the thugs and he's involved on MH17.

Oldrepublic's picture

Being an ally of the US is not good for one's life expectancy. e.g. Diem and that guy in Panama!

cynicalskeptic's picture

or the Shah or Hussein (back when he was fighting Iran)....


but those that DO gp along with the US can become VERY rich and last for quite a while......  look at Marcos

ThroxxOfVron's picture

"Are the masters of the universe throwing the Nazis in Kiev under the bus now? "

They may be discovering that their backers have come to conclude that the time for their utility has expired.

The cease-fire they don't seem to agree with might have been a clean sign that they are gong to be maginalized and or eliminated to make way for new less openly ideological characters with which to insititute subtler expressions of intention.


cornfritter's picture

Yes and No, they are gonna throw the USA under the bus (or think so).  Their darling UN is in place, currency will be destroyed and when supply lines are broken, someone like Ron or Rand Paul will negotiate the best settlement we can get and lead the despaerate starving Americans into the new single world bank.  Many will be pleased to learn the new currency will be gold backed, regrettably yours will be confiscated.  You will be bombarded with real pictures of emaciated American women and children and those that don't relinquish their holdings will become targets.

A82EBA's picture

I think this time is different.

Wagons will begin to circle the moment gun or gold confiscation begins.

Maintain an affiliation with the OathKeepers.

dexter_morgan's picture

A thought I had is somebody is going to have to backstop the Greek debt. Sounds to the EU like a job for the FED......but maybe FED was balking for some reason. This could put pressure on them, which will bring out the 'we must do this to save the world crap' , and if they commit our tax dollars then this guy goes away and we never hear much more about it?

ThroxxOfVron's picture

Let us concede that none involved have entirely clean hands.

The former government was deeply corrupt.  Russia support them because it was easier than cleaning up the mess.

The US should not have been meddling and arming seraratist nazi scumbags either.

Some elements not wiliing to trust or submit to either probably acted in their own interest and/or out of frustration with and hatered for both sides.

The questions at present that should be considered:

What do the people in the various regions want?  -Fuck the whole territorial integrity strawman.

IMHO, these people are soveriegn and have innate rights to self determination.  IF they want to live as Russians or as Ukrainians or whatever, so be it.  One nation?  Two nations?  Five nations?  Who should care one way or another or force them apart or force them together?

How are their natural economic and cultural interests best served?  -Fuck the corrupt former oligarchy, fuck the neo-nazi junta, fuck the EU, fuck the US, and fuck Russia, too.

Let them speak the language they want.  Let them trade with whom they want.   Let them do as they please and live in peace. 

El Vaquero's picture

Yeah, that's not going to happen until the oligarchs either have their heads taken or realize that there's not much left that they can steal over there. 

ThroxxOfVron's picture

Ukrainian oligarchs, Russian oligarchs, European oligrarchs, American oligarchs?

Seems like we have a helluva lot of oligarchs to dispose of before we can even begin to sort out our respective domestic economies properly and re-negotiate our trade and emmigration relationships, etc...

El Vaquero's picture

All of the above.  There is a country to be raped.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

You mean there is a country that isn't being raped?

( spins globe, tries to read names whirling by, frowning... )

El Vaquero's picture

Current raping does not preclude further raping. 

hal10000's picture

Countries not being raped by foreign oligarchs?  I can think of North Korea and the Vatican.  lol

Bay Area Guy's picture

The Vatican is one of the rapists.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Why didn't we hear Sergei's story months ago?...

Ah well!... It really doesn't matter when you have a high ranking General in the Ukrainian Army saying this!!!

Guess it's a genuine 'civil war" no matter what John Kerry and Secret Chimp tells us?

taketheredpill's picture



I go with the simple answer to the question.

1) If there were snipers on the building shooting to kill police then there would be a LOT more than 3 dead policemen.  Also there would be no protestors killed except those that could be tracced to police weapons.

2) So snipers were shooting at both police and protestors. Why.

3) The obvious answer would be to provoke an incident, get the armed police to open fire on protestors.  This creates martyrs and increases popular support for the protest and taints the incumbent powers.

4) I assume this is scripted in detail in some CIA manual somewhere.




El Vaquero's picture

Regardless of who the snipers actually were, look into Operation Ajax.  This looks very similar.  Iran looked ready to pivot towards the USSR, the CIA paid protestors to cause problems, a bunch of people got killed, the old leadership was ousted and a puppet was installed that was pro US. 


The snipers could have been some psychopathic Right Sektor fucks for all we know.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The recipe book with the Langley Good Housekeeping seal of approval!




RisingSun's picture

All hail our comrade, the great Putler, defender of freedoms and human rights! Whatever he does is perfect, the ultimate chess master!


"Russia blocks websites on a very large-scale but citizens often circumvent those blocks using VPNs, TOR and other anonymizing tools. The country is now looking at ways of bringing this to an end, with Russia's main web-blocking body supporting a worrying proposal by a Russian MP to ban use of these tools"

juujuuuujj's picture

It's sad that you upvoted your own comment.

RisingSun's picture

Oh really? It is sad that you fail to see how Russia is blocking anyone who is anti-Kremlin, yet you conspiracy nuts will be the first ones to bash if someone in the West did something even close to that.

SofaPapa's picture

The Russians need to take care of their own problems.  We need to take care of ours.  Putin is no saint.  But the US is playing in a sandbox FAR from our home.  Higher standard applies when an imperial power is trying to project power thousands of miles from its homeland.

UpAndComing's picture

Can't wait for all of you couch heroes to sober up once the war is over and you realize that the country is in shambles. Then it will be like..."that's cool...Amerika will help us". Just as ask Lybia, Syria, Iraq and the two 'Stans how that's working out so far. It gets tougher to shout Slava Nacii on an empty stomach. Luckily I buy popcorn in we have time.

Max Steel's picture

rising sun ( Bumper Sticker ) : I'M AN IGNORANT AND PROUD OF IT . 

CANUKIE Yarosh scum just enied  peace deal go get yourself conscripted . they are running low  on sheeple

RisingSun's picture

Max Steel, nothing is more funny than Zerohedger conspiracy nuts calling other people sheeple :D How is that market short doing? Dollar collapse anyday now right? I heard ruble is worth almost the same as toilet paper these days, in dollar terms. Buy gold!!!

How some of you still got money is a mystery.

observiate's picture

hashtag - troll hard. lol. yes, it would seem, to me at least, that Zerohedge has somewhat declined in journalistic credibility since I first started keeping up a few year ago.  Or maybe I am just jaded by zero good news from Mr. Durden.  Because, granted there is plenty of bullshit conniving corrupt powermongers in the world.  But all is not lost.  There is still much reason for hope.  And we must never give up hope. hashtag, libertariansolidarity.

Max Steel's picture

proud ignorants have issues in accepting their mistakes . I can understand your point . Well i've been following zh over an year and i've read your comments several times apart from posting your repurigiating bullshit due to hatred for russia your knowledge on financial and market concepts is inept . I've never mentioned about dollar crashing or tacking u gold . THOUGH in my country , people have fetish for gold . 

We have to work hard and earn money unlike you I don't have any privilege to go collect my monthly checks from state department office for providing such invaluable services for them . . No worries though. The world also needs idiots and morons. Keep it up (y)

Eahudimac's picture

Putin is coming to get you RisingSun. He said he heard you were talking shit about him and he's going to kick your ass.

Max Steel's picture

DUmbfucks moving in pack . Pen rising cunt and freedom . 3 muskeeters

Eeyores Enigma's picture

Years ago I was researching suppressors for some of my guns so I wouldn’t have to wear bulky, uncomfortable headphone ear protectors. I came across an article about a full barrel replacement suppressor for a 1022. There were pictures of a military guy up on a building roof aiming down into the streets with a caption under it that said “Israeli military using suppressed 22 rifles for crowd control”.

serotonindumptruck's picture

While it certainly doesn't qualify as a "suppressor", the stock 10/22 with bull barrel is amazingly quiet (relatively speaking). I also understand that a fluted bull barrel is even more "silent". For low-cost sniping operations, this weapon is an outstanding choice.

Mike Honcho's picture

Was going to say: "Paging freedom123", but dude is quick. 

dexter_morgan's picture

When u r a troll, most of the links and url's are probably provided to you similar to talking points, so that is another way of identifying the troll species. Fast response.

Bollixed's picture

It's copy/paste, hang out waiting for new stories (on anything, apparently) and fire away.

The hope is that the story is linked to by a variety of other websites and the propaganda gets spread. Remember, most people left their critical thinking skills behind when they left their cribs. And the up/down votes don't show unless you're logged in which other websites don't facilitate. So unless the comment is deleted it has potential for further distribution to the clueless.

It's basically, throw enough shit against the wall, collect your paycheck, pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and then suck your own dick.

Rinse and repeat.

Bighorn_100b's picture

Going to a good book or movie someday.

Once the fat lady sings.....

If there is a god......,, save us all now!

Until then, I'll keep stacking. Also, I ran out of room for more ammo.

David Wooten's picture

And so it begins (hopefully?).  The slow but gradual reversal of war (against Russia) fever.  Perhaps it's too much to be true - we know the USG/NATO warmongers will never admit to their complicity in the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Ukraine. Or those in MH17.  But maybe things will quiet down for a couple of years.  The markets sure like it.

Joe A's picture

There is no such thing as a 'spontaneous' revolution. There is always some force behind it that make use of people's genuine desire for change. For this force, protesters are useful idiots.

Protesters might win a revolution but they won't be the ones that will continue it.

SofaPapa's picture

"Protesters might win a revolution but they won't be the ones that will continue it."

This is the tragedy of human history.  The people out in Maidan, the vast majority of them, were there for a valid reason.  Yanukovich was corrupt, and wildly so.  That leads to a genuine popular desire to get rid of him.

But it never stops there.  Those in the street know only that they want him out.  They don't have the time, background, or energy to devote to thinking about who they want to replace him.  That leaves the field open for those who have nothing but that time, background, and energy.  And those people never have the population's interest in their hearts, only their own narrow self-interest.  In this case, enter Nuland et al.  Russia's puppet Yanukovich got burned out, only to be replaced by the USSA's group of puppets.

Ukraine can only pray that a true native Ukrainian with the balls and the charisma to stand up against BOTH superpowers can survive long enough to grow a movement to stop the war, let the Russian-descended population in the east decide to do what they want, the non-Russians in the west do what they want, and expose the external actors for the evil scum they are.

It's a dream, but it's about all we've got... :(

Joe A's picture

Have you ever heard of a movement called Otpor? That was a 'spontaneous' movement that played a role in the overthrow of Milosevic in Yugoslavia. Milosevic was a crook for sure. But Otpor was/is CIA sponsored and got credit for the overthrow of Milosevic while people had been protesting for years in Yugoslavia. After his removal, Serbia was kept in the doghouse and lost Kosovo. Otpor members got rewarded. Some went into politics. One of them was instrumental in the overthrow of some regime on the Maldives (I think) AND GOT AN ISLAND AS A REWARD.

Otpor's model was replicated in Egypt and Iran.

serotonindumptruck's picture

It's always been mildly amusing to me when people in the West assert that politicians in the East are "corrupt". While you may be willing to acknowledge that Western politicians are capable of an equal measure of corruption, hopefully you understand that ALL politicians are inherently corrupt and necessarily sociopathic in their methods and behaviors, particularly with regard to their methods of dealing with political dissidents and/or political protestors.

Some of these politicians and government authorities, regardless of their national origin, are much easier to identify than others. When someone speaks in general terms about Russian or Ukrainian politicians being corrupt and ruthless in a Mafia type methodology, could the same argument be made with regard to politicians in the USSA?


SofaPapa's picture

People who are drawn to participate in the political arena share the common desire to be shown "right".  Because their self-identity is defined by being "right", they must then define any who disagree with them as "wrong".  I've commented before that the concept of the US founders was brilliant in that it attempted to limit the capacity of the structure of government to wield significant control, regardless of who was running it.  That functions only as well as those tasked with defending the concept allow it to, however.  The tyrants have returned, and they now love to speak freedom while practicing oppression.

Any force that decreases/decentralizes/deemphasizes large conglomerations of power globally is a positive in today's climate.  Large scale organized power - corporate, political, or religious - is anathema to individual dignity and spiritual growth.

The organizing social structures people have adopted in the past several decades are destroying us as individuals.  

We are humans, we need to come together and organize.  I get that.  But we need to do so in group sizes that allow actual interaction!  People who are fighting for "the US"...  the people in charge of "the US" have no clue who you are, they don't care who you are, they don't care if you die for them, and they want only their own personal power.  Why do you think it is your duty to die for people who have zero actual tangible connection to you, your life, and your family?  

The same for thousands of different "social/political/religious" group affiliations.  

Our social constructs are out of our control.  Time to abandon them and find newer, smaller ones within which we can excercise actual control and connection again so as to restart human progress.  There is zero human spiritual progress happening in today's world.  We need to turn that around.

X_Weatherman's picture

Th U.S. government, mostly controlled by the greed of monied interest (now oligarch and multinational corporations), has always been sociopathic, since it developed from murdering American Indians from the Atlatic to the Pacific Oceans.  It genocidal policies later branched out to Cuba, Pacific Islands, the Philipines, and Southeast Asia where it gave the indiginous peoples there the same treatment it gave to the original Americans.  It is now working on Arabs and apparently wants to extend it's race war to Slavic peoples based on an ideology of politico/economistic superiority.