Ivan Bubenchyk, the detained Euromaidan activist, who claimed to have killed two servicemen of Berkut riot police during the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv in February 2014, faces new charges. He is now accused of the attempt on the life of law enforcer and illegal storage of a weapon. Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman of Prosecutor General's Office posted this on Facebook.
Now, the defendant is accused of the attempt on the life of law enforcer and illegal storage of a weapon - under the respective articles of Ukraine's Criminal Code.
On Thursday afternoon, Bubenchyk walked free, as the prosecutors dismissed the petition to choose the pre-trial restriction measure. The judge granted the motion. The prosecutors, however, intend to file the new petition on Thursday evening, with different charges this time. Previously, Bubenchyk was charged with the intentional murder and the attempt on the lives of law enforcers, but Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko claimed that the case needs to be examined very carefully, and it may be even redefined, if necessary. Earlier, Bubenchyk himself claimed to have shot two fighters of Berkut riot police during the violent street opposition in Kyiv on February 2014.
The detainee had previously claimed that he used a machinegun to fire at the law enforcers at Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square in Kyiv on February 20, 2014. Bubenchyk said he killed two of the fighters during the violent street clashes. Later, he was detained, when Prosecutor General's Office announced that several persons are suspects in the case of the murders of Berkut fighters during the Euromaidan events in Kyiv. Then, Bubenchyk called off his evidence.
February 20, 2014, earmarks the climax of the street violence during the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. That day, government-hired shooters gunned down dozens of unarmed civilians; about a dozen of law enforcers deceased as well. Prosecutor General's Office continues to look into the crimes related to the Euromaidan movement and the Revolution of Dignity, including these murders.