Forcible takeover of the House of Trade Unions, which occured during Euromaidan in Kyiv, has been organized by the leadership of the anti-terrorist center, said Serhiy Horbatiuk, the head of the Special Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office.
"The leaders of anti-terrorist center involved "Alpha", special police units from different regions, into occupying of the House of Trade Unions. The operation was carried out through the roof of the building. During the operation the fighters of "Alpha" were armed with firearms, although the cases of their using had not been observed. All these actions have forced the protesters to defend themselves because of the feeling clear threat to their life and health. It resulted into fire and House of Trade Unions had been destroyed killed two people," said Horbatiuk.
He also added that the anti-terrorist center was established, which included representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service, police and officials.
Recalling, the fire in the building of House of Trade Unions at Independence Square in the very heart of Kyiv, took place at night of 18 to 19 February, 2014. Due to the difficult situation in the capital city, entrance to the building was closed. At the time of the arrival of the first fire fighters the fire already covered seven floors (from 3 to 9) of the building.