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SOLVED: Opposition Shot Victims on Kiev's Maidan

The study by Ivan Katchanovski at the University of Ottawa did not specify the exact identity of the perpetrators 

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Originally Appeared at German Economic News. Translated from the German by Susan Neumann

Translator’s note: The first version of the Snipers’ Massacre in Kiev was presented October 1, 2014.

With the support of thousands of pieces of evidence, including video footage, an analysis from the University of Ottawa has come to the following conclusion: the shots fired at demonstrators did not come from the government, but from snipers of the Western-supported opposition. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement became operational January 1, 2016 — a poisonous and latent consequence of the violence of Maidan.    

An analysis by the University of Ottawa has newly studied the causes of the Maidan Massacre and has come to the conclusion that the massacre designed to overthrow the government of Yanukovych and thus allow a new version of the Cold War starring EU, Ukraine, and the US versus Russia, was not carried out by Yanukovych. The analysis produces an overwhelming amount of proof that the shots fired demonstrators fall under the responsibility of the Western-backed opposition. The group led by Julia Timoschenko and the right-wing extremists were actually able to achieve their goal through violence. The government fell — and it looked like the anti-Russian course was firmly set. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement became operational January 1, 2016 — a poisonous and latent consequence of those shots fired from an ambush at police and demonstrators.

The conclusion of the analysis from the University of Ottawa (Author: Ivan Katchanovski) is really worth studying in detail:

[An excerpt of the English version has been posted here in place of the German.]

“The massacre of several dozen Maidan protesters on February 20, 2014 represented a turning point in Ukrainian politics and a tipping point in the escalating conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. In particular, the mass killing of the protesters and mass shooting of the police that preceded it led to the violent overthrow of the semi-democratic government of Viktor Yanukovych, who was backed by the Russian government, by a Maidan alliance of oligarchic and far right parties, supported by the Western governments. This massacre also gave a start to a large-scale violent conflict that escalated into a civil war in Donbas and to and Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas. The conclusion promoted by the post-Yanukovych governments and the Ukrainian media that the massacre was carried out by government snipers on a Yanukovych order has been nearly universally shared, at least publicly, by the US and other Western governments, as well as the media in Ukraine and the West before any investigation conducted and all evidence considered.


 For instance, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in

his speech to the US Congress on September 18, 2014, stated that the Yanukovych government’s

overthrow resulted from mass peaceful protests against police violence, in particular the killings of more than 100 protesters by snipers on February 20, 2014.



The research question is which side was involved in the “snipers’ massacre.” Related

questions include which side broke the truce agreement and killed and wounded protesters and  police, and whether this was this was a spontaneous or organized massacre. This paper is the first academic study of this crucial case of the mass killing that led to the escalation of the violent conflict in Ukraine, an overthrow of the government and ultimately a civil war in Donbas, Russian military intervention in Donbas and Crimea, and the annexation of Crimea.


 The next section of this paper reviews different narratives concerning the Maidan massacre by the governments and the media in Ukraine, the West, and Russia, results of the official investigation and a trial, and representations of this mass killing in previous academic studies. The second section presents a theoretical framework used in this study and evidence and research methods that it employs. The next two sections analyze, respectively, the mass shootings of the police and Maidan protesters. A brief analysis of other major cases of violence during and after the “Euromaidan” is followed by conclusion, summarizing main findings of  this  paper and their implications.”


One of the results of the investigation is that the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" Party of oligarch and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko  clearly played a leading role in the coup d’etat. This group has been a sister party to the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2008. Both are allied with the European People's Party (EPP).

Meanwhile, it is also known that the Konrad Adenauer Foundation vigorously involved German taxpayers' money in the political upheaval in Ukraine. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation has claimed to be active in Ukraine since 1994 and has involved themselves in more than 500 projects. They also helped to build Klitschko’s party, the "Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform" (UDAR), by means of "logistical support" and training. The pro-European party has made it a goal to integrate the Ukraine into the EU as soon as possible.

Ukraine is on the verge of bankruptcy due to mismanagement, corruption, and civil war in the East. The EU-funded government in Kiev is close to collapse. Tymoshenko’s party apparently wants to service the demands of the extreme right who are the ones that overthrew the government. A new civil war is imminent, but this time in the Western Ukraine.

Even Premier Yatsenyuk is under pressure. He’s accused of corruption. It’s therefore obvious that the government needs an outside enemy to help pull itself out of the firing line. Just like at Maidan, It’s apparently willing to exhaust all possibilities to provoke a fight. The right-wing extremists have started a blockade of Crimea and they’ve cut off the power — without any resisting intervention from the government.

Immediately following the coup, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised the German people an official investigation of the Maidan incident. To this day, there is not the slightest recognizable effort to shed light on the events.

Moscow has had its own reaction to the events by announcing at the beginning of the year that foreign-initiated color revolutions pose a threat to Russia's national security.


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