An investigator from the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), in agreement with a prosecutor of the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), reported suspicion to ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych as the head of an organized criminal group. This was reported by the press service of the SBI.
According to the investigation, the group included former officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
All of them are suspected of committing grave and especially grave criminal offenses during the mass protests that took place in the center of Kyiv from February 18 to February 20, 2014, namely:
- committing a terrorist act in order to intimidate the population, which led to serious consequences and deaths;
- causing bodily injuries of varying severity, premeditated murders and attempted premeditated murders with the use of firearms and special means to protesters;
- abuse of power and official powers, which was accompanied by violence, the use of weapons and special means and entailed grave consequences for the rights protected by law, the interests of individual citizens, state and public interests, the interests of legal entities;
- illegal obstruction of the organization and holding of meetings, rallies, street marches and demonstrations.
Meanwhle, the European Court for Human Rights began to consider the appeal against Ukraine filed by Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych. In the appeal, the ex-president complains that Ukraine does not look into attempts upon his life, while the ongoing investigation against him takes too much time.
In his appeal, Yanukovych also claimed that a number of attempts on his life occurred in 2014. He must have referred to the attack on his motorcade on his way to Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine. The convoy crossed five roadblocks; in two cases, the vehicles came under machine gun fire. Besides, Yanukovych stated that another motorcade was attacked by shooters on its way to Crimea.