The video was showed at a court session in Kyiv on February 14, as Svyatoshyn district court continued to look into the case of five Berkut servicemen accused of killing 48 unarmed Euromaidan protesters. Te video was officially added to the case.
According to a representative of one of the wounded activists, he got this video by email. The source remains undisclosed.
The following video was taken from the Youtube account of Hromadske TV channel.
Unlike the similar videos that previously were examined in court, this one clearly shows unarmed activists falling dead or wounded – immediately as the gunmen open fire. It is quite visible that the protesters do not show any aggressive behavior towards the police; all the more they do not provoke the law enforcers to use weapons.
The video features Berkut fighters in black uniforms shooting to kill and hiding behind the trucks and the concrete barricades in the middle of Instytutska Street, in the downtown Kyiv. A group of men in black uniforms open fire on the people down the street who take shelter over their barricades. The wounded activists fall down the moment after the particular guns are fired.
Roman Psyuk, the Prosecutor from the Special Investigations Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office, said the video could serve as direct evidence that the protesters never attempted to attack or in any way provoke the police for retaliatory action; they merely fired the tires and thus put a smokescreen so that the shooters could not see their targets.
In turn, Olexandr Horoshynsky, the lawyer of two of the charged Berkut fighters, argued that the video does not disclose any new detail into the case. ‘Let’s wait for the ballistics report,’ he said.
Five Berkut servicemen – Olexandr Marynchenko, Serhiy Tamtura, Oleg Yanishevsky, Pavlo Abroskin and Serhiy Zinchenko – are charged with killing 48 Euromaidan protesters in the downtown Kyiv on February 20, 2014. Back then, over a hundred unarmed civilians and several law enforcers lost their lives in the brutal street fights that took place in the Ukrainian capital.