The Ukrainian court currently looks into 280 cases related to the acts of violence during the Euromaidan protests in late 2013 and early 2014. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that in his interview with DW.
'Unfortunately, such trials take a lot of time. Taking into account that over a hundred people deceased during the protests, the trial investigation will take a lot of time, too. There are many defendants, and some of them, the ex-officials escaped to either Russia or the temporarily occupied territories', he said.
The head of Prosecutor General's Office added that in most of these cases, the investigation is over, and the Office waits for the court's decision for conviction in absentia.
Euromaidan was a wave of rallies and the civil unrest in Ukraine, which began in November 2013 with public protests at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square in the downtown Kyiv. The activists demanded European integration as well as political and economic association with the EU. The scope of the protests expanded, with many calls for the resignation of the-then President and his government. The protests gradually led to the bloody Revolution of Dignity, when about a hundred of protesters were killed by government-hired thugs and the riot police in February 2014. Back then, several law enforcers also lost their lives in brutal street fights. On February 20, when the brutality climaxed, the-then Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and his sidekicks escaped to Russia.
Prosecutor's General Office of Ukraine and other law enforcement agencies put Yanukovych and top officials on the wanted list - for state treason and several other crimes against the state and the Ukrainian nation; most of these officials are fleeing from the trial.