U.S. includes ex-Berkut commander Kusyuk into sanctions list

Former leader of Kyiv-based division of the police task force escaped from Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014
22:56, 21 December 2017


The United States government included Serhiy Kusyuk, the ex-commander of Berkut task force. He coordinated the actions of his servicemen during the tragic events of the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv in February 2014. He is also charged with the brutal dispersal of Euromaidan activists in late November 2013.

'Sergey Kusiuk was commander of an elite Ukrainian police unit, the Berkut. Ukraine’s Special Investigations Department investigating crimes against activists identified Kusiuk as a leader of an attack on peaceful protesters on November 30, 2013, while in charge of 290 Berkut officers, many of whom took part in the beating of activists. Kusiuk has been named by the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office as an individual who took part in the killings of activists on Kyiv’s Independence Square in February 2014. Kusiuk ordered the destruction of documentation related to the events, and has fled Ukraine and is now in hiding in Moscow, Russia, where he was identified dispersing protesters as part of a Russian riot police unit in June 2017, the U.S. State Treasury posted on its website.

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