National Guard sniper detained on suspicion of murder of Maidan activist in February 2014, - source

Source : 112 Ukraine

The detention took place at the end of October and the court arrested the sniper at the beginning of November
14:20, 15 November 2018

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The law enforcers detained a sniper of the National Guard on the suspicion of the murder of the activists of Euromaidan in Kyiv on February 20, 2014, as Ukrainian News reported citing its own source at law enforcement bodies.

“He was detained at the end of October and court arrested him for 60 days at the beginning of November,” the message said. The name of the detainee is not called in the interests of the investigation.

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According to the source, the investigation established that on February 20, 2014, Commander of Internal Troops Stanislav Shulyak sent the group of the “Omega” snipers to Instytutska Street to support special unit of “Berkut,” which shot the activists of Euromaidan. Commander of the detached squad of special forces against terrorism of 14th brigade (special forces of North territorial command department of Inner Troops) deployed the sniper groups at the territory of the club of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. At 11:28, the suspect fired “TS.M308” sniper rifle equipped with telescopic sight at activist of Euromaidan, theatre director Oleksandr Khrapachenko, who stayed in front of the “snow barricade” at Instytutska Street with the group of other unarmed protesters and posed any threat to the officers of militsiya. He died as a result of the wound.

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Sniper of “Omega” and the acting officer of the National Guard was detained at the place of residence after the held expert studies and researches on October 31, 2018. The court arrested him for 60 days. He is charged with the commitment of the intentional homicide in the manner that poses the threat to the lives of many persons with prior agreement of a group of people and abuse of authority and official powers.

The press service of the Interior Ministry and National Guard do not comment on the information about the detention officially.

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One of the most tragic events in the history of independent Ukraine took place in Kyiv on Maidan Nezalezhnosti 4 years ago, on February 18-20, 2014 - the brutal execution of participants of the Revolution of Dignity. During the clashes in the center of the capital, 73 civilians and 11 law enforcers were killed. The Trade Unions Building on Maidan burnt to the ground.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko posthumously awarded 104 Heroes of Heavenly Hundreds the title of Heroes of Ukraine, as well as three foreigners - a citizen of Belarus Mikhail Zhiznevsky, Georgia - Zurab Khurtsia and David Kipiani. They were posthumously awarded the Order of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes.

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