Interior troops of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry and police special task forces never received orders from their commander to disperse or kill Euromaidan protesters in Kyiv in February 2014. Stanislav Shulyak, former commander of Interior Troops, said this during the interview via video conference between Kyiv and Rostov.
‘I never gave such orders. I didn’t even know about such intentions of my superiors,’ he said.
Shulyak added that on February 18-20, 2014, when the protests in the downtown Kyiv turned violent, he brought to the capital city additional units of Omega, the police task force. They came from all over Ukraine – Ivano-Frankivsk, Olexandria, Crimea and Donetsk. Answering the prosecution’s question whether these units were armed, Shulyak confirmed that they actually had combat weapons at their disposal. ‘They need no instructions to receive weapons. They have weapons every day, while on combat duty,’ Shulyak said. Nevertheless, he denied knowledge of any facts of the use of combat weapons and live ammunition by the Interior Troops during the events of February 18 through 20, 2014.
The interview co-hosted by courts in Kyiv and Rostov began at 1 p.m. Kyiv time; it is already lasting for two consecutive hours.
Shulyak is, according to the Ukrainian prosecutors, also the suspect in defection and committing crimes against Euromaidan protesters. He denied receiving the notice of suspicion in this case.