Former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych is to be interviewed today in Kyiv; as the ousted ex-leader found shelter in Russia, the interview will be held in absentia, by the means of video connection.
Yanukovych is supposed to testify in Kyiv’s Svyatoshyn district court, in the case of five ex-agents of Berkut riot police. The five men, who currently stay in detention in Ukraine are waiting for the trial; they are charged with gunning down 48 unarmed protesters of Euromaidan movement, which happened during the violent clashes between the police and the anti-government activists in Kyiv in February 2014. The investigation has grounds to suspect that Olexandr Marynchenko, Serhiy Tamtura, Oleg Yanishevsky, Pavlo Abroskin and Serhiy Zinchenko were among the shooters who killed and wounded the unarmed civilians that day. Twenty more suspects are on the wanted list.
Yanukovych’s interview is slated for 13.00 Kyiv time.