The security service of Ukraine (SBU) said on the last working day of the week about the arrest of one of the Directors of the detachment of special purpose " Berkut ", who is suspected of belonging to the death of people on Independence square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kiev in February last year.
"Today (Friday) in Kiev security Service of Ukraine in the course of a special operation arrested one of the Directors of the regiment of militia of special function "Golden eagle" involved in the shootings on the Maidan ", - reported in SBU report referring to the message of the head of the intelligence Vasily Gritsak.
according to authorities, the Detainee is suspected of belonging to the death of protesters in February 2014." The detainee was conveyed to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. He declared suspicion in Commission of iniquity. The issue regarding the election of a measure of restraint ", - informed the SBU.
Kiev's main square - Maidan Nezalezhnosti - was occupied by supporters of European integration on November 21, 2013, immediately After the announcement of the government of Mykola Azarov about temporary suspension of the signing of the Treaty on the Union with the EU. Later, the Maidan became the epicenter of the confrontation between the security forces and radicals. The clashes, during which opposing political force many times used firearms and " Molotov cocktails ", were dozens of casualties.
After a violent seizure of power in Ukraine, 22 February 2014, the heads of law enforcement agencies of Ukraine, was appointed the new Kiev government, released the interim results of the investigation of the " sniper case ". Responsible for the death of over 100 people, the Military has laid on his political opponent, ex - President Viktor Yanukovych. Then it was stated that nearly 20 soldiers of the detachment of special purpose "Berkut" suspected in shooting on Instytutska street. Yanukovych and Employees of "Berkut" denied his attachment to the murders.
The head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S. V. Lavrov had previously stated that Moscow has no information about the fact that the radical organization "Right sector" could lead the shooting of snipers on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti. He said that Moscow has already shared his concerns and suspicions with Western partners. History with snipers and shooting citizens in the process of mass riots in Kiev played a significant role in the seizure of power by the opposition. The intrigue in this case arose after the Internet was published a recording of a telephone conversation of February 26, foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Paet and in that time the head of EU diplomacy Catherine Ashton. During the conversation, Paet said that " the rapidly increasing understanding that these snipers was not Yanukovych, and behind them was somebody from the new coalition ".