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  • 1. Jan 23, 2014 - Mar 3, 2014What is really happeningin Ukraine-15ºC (5ºF)
  • 2. Prerequisites of the Conflict 2Nov 23-29,2013President Yanukovich refusesto sign the EU association.Massive peaceful protests arise allover Ukraine demanding to signthe association.Nov 30, 2013 “Berkut” units brutallydisperse protesters at nightbeating women and students.Huge protests in Kyiv. Peoplecoming from all over Ukraine.People demand punishment ofresponsible for brutal actions.Dec 8, 2013 Government doesn’t react.President behaves likenothing happens.“March of million”. About a millionprotesters in Kyiv, thousands inother cities. People demanddismissal of the government.
  • 3. Prerequisites of the Conflict 3Dec 2013 No charges or dismissals bythe Regime. Instead,protesters are arrested, jailedawaiting trial.Protesters occupy Kyivadministration building, organiseprotests near the homes of keygovernment officials.Jan 16, 2014 20 anti-democratic,unconstitutional laws passedagainst Parliamentary votingprocedures.Protesting: 15 years in prison.Wearing a helmet: beating byPolice.Protests increase. Radicalizedprotesters equipped with bodyprotection, sticks and petrolbombs organise to occupy theGrushevs’kogo Street protectedby “Berkut” units.tension starts to grow even further
  • 4. Prerequisites of the ConflictThe regime ignores peaceful protests of Euromaidan,escalates conflict to beatings, arrests of peaceful peoplefor wearing helmets, carrying wood, other “crimes”.European association is no longer an issue,as the Regime begins to attack its own people.Violence escalates.4
  • 5. The Regime: Violence / EnforcementDomestic Police Riot Troops: Berkut First TeamPrison guards, seasoned troops, special forces.Protect government representatives with shields, batons,tear gas, stun grenades, rifles.Extremely violent, shoot-to-kill, beat skulls and ribs withbatons, shoot-journalists-on-site.7 activists/journalists dead nearly 100 missingDomestic Police Riot Troops: Berkut DrafteesYoung, mostly untrained, obligatory-service troops whoare placed in the front lines to take the bulk of anyviolence, while First Team awaits opportunity to attack.High descension and fear of the government.Have limited information about reason of the protests.5
  • 6. The Regime: Violence / EnforcementHired Enforcers: “Titushky”Paid in cash, enlisted and controlled by governmentinitiative through the Ministry of Internal Affairs.Additional muscle when there is a need to keepgovernment activities “out of uniform”.Search-and-destroy teams in the streets against activistsand journalists. Crash shops, destroy property.“Titushky” mimic protesters to discredit real activists and intimidate people,preventing them from joining the protests.1 000 - 1 400 men with hammers, iron balls and narcotics regularly witnessedas organised groups in the centre of Kyiv and other cities.Numerous evidences of close cooperation with Berkut (never arrested whencommitting illegal actions).6
  • 7. The Regime: The Informational WarTV / Press (Ukraine and Russia)Press (International)An informational vacuum exists within Ukraine and inneighbouring Russia. Ukrainian state channels, non-statechannels purchased/captured by the “Family”. Russianchannels control the most of the airways. Only two majornewspapers remain independent. Free internet is vital.The western press continues to see the protests in coldwar terms: “Euro-centric” or fundamentally based on“ethnic/language” splitting in Ukraine.Lack of good Ukraine-based journalism in English. Heavylobbying campaigns in Europe and Washington assist inthis misunderstanding.7
  • 8. The People: Activist 8“Euromaidan” + “Radical Maidan”“AutoMaidan”Believe that control of locations and threat of force backare key factors to maintain pressure on the regime. Seekthe cancellation of anti-constitutional laws, full dismissal ofYanukovych and his government.Use helmets, pans (to protect heads), wooden sticks,stones, petrol bombs, fireworks. + songs, poetry, speech.Self-organised car owners who can react fast on illegalactions from the government side.Transport medicine, people, food to the protesters.Organise protests outside Kyiv, chase “titushky”, protectpeople in hospitals from kidnapping by “Berkut”.
  • 9. The People: Media/Medical 9Mass MediaField MedicineHromadskeTV, SpilnoTV, 5-th Channel, Chesno,Euromaidan(fb), Automaidan(fb), RadicalMaidan(fb), …Journalists are being chased and shot on purpose, forcingthem to remove ID’s so as not to be noticed by Berkut.1 journalist tortured to death.Volunteers helping hundreds of injured protesters withwounds from rifle shots, batons, extreme cold.Are constantly under aimed attacks from “Berkut”.Use donated medicines from regular people.Work mainly in buildings to protect from “Berkut”.
  • 10. The Regime: TacticsIntimidation. Increase pressure, keep people scared, depress scale of protests:• Violence: Titushky for random/pointed beating of people• Fear: SMS broadcast on Maidan informing people that they are registered ascriminal protesters and are being monitored (at least 2 cellular providerssent such messages)• Kidnapping/torturing of injuredpeople from hospitalsDEAD• Military forces being movedto Kyiv from other regionsIhor LutsenkoKidnapped, tortured,• Suspected use of foreign forcesthrown out in a field• Arresting people who buy/transport stuff commonly used by protesters (e.g.tires, wood, large amounts of medicine, clothes)Yurij VerbytskyjKidnapped, tortured,found in the same field10
  • 11. The Regime: Tactics 11Liquidate as many protesters as possible:• Field medicine workers being shot on purpose• Police searches for protesters in hospital based on the injury types• Injured protesters must be sent to private clinicsto avoid torturing by Berkut• Police attach nails and stones to stun grenades• Police aiming for heads with shotgunsand batons, people losing eyes• Captured protesters are stripped,tortured, humiliated and taken tounknown places, afterwards foundnaked in fields and forests,Caution!sometimes deadBrutal violence!
  • 12. The Regime: Tactics 12Limit documentation and distribution of materials about real events in Ukraine• Journalists are being shot on purpose (1+ dead)• Cameras and other equipment destroyed on sight• Users being randomly disconnected from internet and cellular networks• Phones are withdrawn from all local police units for weeks. They don’t knowwhy people are protesting. Are threatened by tribunal for disobedienceDeactivate major activists and leaders of protests (15+ activists can’t be found)IHORLUTSENKOYURIYVERBYTS’KYJEuromaidan activistTortured. In hospital.Euromaidan activistTortured. Dead.DMYTROBULATOVAutomaidan leaderBeaten. Unknown.MYHAJLOZHYZNEVS’KYJEuromaidan guardShot dead by a sniper.
  • 13. The People: Strategy 13Radical Maidan holds Berkut under pressure on Grushevs’kogo Str.Automaidan activists patrol the city:Deactivating, disarming and documenting “titushky” gangsBlocking buses with police units from entering the city centreTransport injured people to hospitalsMaximize effectiveness of donations and volunteers:Legal advocacy for the illegally arrestedTrained medical personnel giving first aid to victims of police attacksFood, clothing, blankets, fuel and various gear distributed to activistsAll over Ukraine, blocking municipal buildings, military bases, police busesYoung military students beg for blockades, as they are being forced to go toKyiv and fight)
  • 14. Status (night Jan 23, 2014) 145 out of 25 Local State Administrations occupied by the PeopleInterior troops forces in 4 cities resign (refusing to perform illegal actions)Football fans of three clubs joined up with protesters in Kyiv and DonetskResult of violent Police actions:• 150+ police units injured (light injuries of head/hands from stones and fire)• 1500+ people injured (crushed skulls, lost eyes, broken limbs, contusion)• 4 people killed (2 shot, 1 thrown from a pillar, 1 tortured to death)• 15+ people detained with no explanations, locations remain unknown• 70+ journalists injured from precise attacks on people with cameras• 30+ medical workers injuredBrutal and cynical human rights violations
  • 15. Status (afternoon Jan 25, 2014) 15Meetings all over the world supporting protests in Ukraine:Germany, France, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, USA, …Russian Federation and Belarus – the only countries wheremeetings supporting Euromaidan are dispersed by the police.Meeting in MoscowAll major Russian mass media massively spread highly biased informationemphasising honourable work of “Berkut” and Nazi orientation of activists.People being beaten and detained by police in public places, trains, shops,when buying wood, medicine and other things used by protesters, wearingsymbolic ribbons with Ukrainian and European flags, Euromaidan badges…“Berkut” officers receive bonuses for each hour of standing on theGrushevskogo Str.. Rumors of raises abound.Ministry of Internal Affairs reports ~100 of “Berkut” units with frostbitten feet,as they are forced to stand for up to 12 hours in the streets.
  • 16. Status (afternoon Jan 25, 2014) 1610 out of 25 Local State Administrations occupied byprotesters. Protests arising in eastern regions.15 activists of Automaidan beaten andimprisoned without hospitalisation despite heavyinjuries from Berkut attacks. Hundreds ofprotesters detained and imprisoned.PeopleSeizure attemptsGovernmentMassive protestsMinistry of Internal Affairs blamesProtests supported by fans of football clubsEuromaidan in killing 1 and detaining 2 policemen. Protesters deny.+1 dead protester: metal bullet in lungs, bullet in shoulder, amputated arm, death.Automaidan offers 10 000 UAH reward for help in finding the team leaderDmytro Bulatov (Jan 22, 2014 disappeared, no more information).250+ armed military units detected hidden in the International ConventionCenter near the Euromaidan peaceful demonstration.
  • 17. Status (afternoon Jan 26, 2014) 17Massive protests arise on the east and southArmed military units leave International ConventionCenter under pressure by protesters, leave suppliesof canned food and vodka.Yanukovych proposed ruling positions inPeople’s Councillegitimisedthe government to 2 Opposition leaders.PeopleSeizure attemptsGovernment Massive protestsPeople not satisfied, Opposition refuses.ProtestsProtests supportingsupported by fansthe ruling partyEuromaidan wants dismissal of the presidentof football clubsas the main responsible for deaths, tortures and thousands of victims.“Titushki” under protection of the police found shooting peacefuldemonstrators with traumatic weapons in Dnipropetrovsk.Leading businessmen Victor Pinchuk and Rinat Akhmetov break withYanukovych and publicly call for stopping the use of brutal force.
  • 18. Status (evening Jan 26, 2014) 18The Ukrainian protests of 2013 and 2014:Were triggered by Yanukovych’s about-face on a European trajectory.Became massive due to the Regime’s brutal crack down on peaceful protesters,and their refusal to hold anyone accountable.Became violent due to the illegal passing of anti-constitutional laws againstpublic protest and the Regime’s tactics of arresting, beating, kidnapping,torturing and murdering of protesters, journalists and medics.Will continue to grow due to the wide recognition of the Regime’s corruption,theft, money laundering, cronyism, censorship, and its singular goal to maintainthe extreme wealth that it has gained over the last 3 years.Will stop only with a return of justice, human rights, rule of the law of Ukraine.Will have lasting, serious consequences that Ukrainians will have to overcome.
  • 19. Status (morning Jan 27, 2014) 19Level of aggressiveness of the riot police rises. Demonstrators in 5 cities areviolently beaten and arrested without hospitalisation.“Titushky” provoke protesters for aggression, hide behindthe police, then protesters are being beaten and arrested.“Titushky” burn cars of the protesters. Police arrests theowners who try to protect the cars.In DnipropetrovskWorld heavy-weight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschkoposts a video asking western countries to help Ukraine.Numerous money-exchange centres reporting aboutpeople with a clear Russian accent massively exchangingRUB→UAH (Possible Russian police coming for provocations?)Journalists are asked to watch closely the airports for possibleRussian police coming to Ukraine, changing into Ukrainian uniform.Police threatens the journalistW. Klitschko
  • 20. Status (morning Jan 27, 2014) 20Ministry of Internal Affairs refuses to start investigations about people shotduring the protests on the basis of “official claims to police about the deaths”.People can’t make official claims about killed victims because they areimmediately arrested. Hundreds of people remain missing all over Ukraine.Morgues in Kyiv report dozens of unidentified dead bodies being transported bypolice without any explanation.Government continues threatening people with calling a state of emergency.Killed people are labeled as “extremists” by the government.The latest fatality, Roman Senyk, was shot from the large height according to thedoctors’ examinations (presumably by a sniper).2 gangs of “Titushky” were fighting each other to make the impression of theprotesters beating civilians (according to protesters and witnesses in Donetsk).
  • 21. Status (evening Jan 27, 2014) 21+2 dead bodies in Kyiv found in the morning1 hanged on the Christmas tree near the Euromaidan1 tortured, with tied hands (in the district where 15members of Automaidan are being imprisoned)POLICE“TITUSHKO”PROTESTERClear evidence of the policecooperating with “titushky”?Control over Local StatesPeople’s Council legitimisedPeopleGovernmentMassive protestsSeizure attemptsProtestssupporting theruling partyProtection gangs of theruling party createdRuling party fractionbroken upPolice+”titushky” beatingunarmed peopleControl of rulingparty restoredRuling partyforbiddenParty “Swoboda”forbidden
  • 22. Status (evening Jan 27, 2014) 222004 Eurovision contest winner Ruslana reports numerous threats to kill her.Police department in Rivne city supports protesters and asks for help due tonumerous attacks on women by pro-government gangs (“titushky”).THE WORLD DOES CARE!this presentation viewed63 58711 869210 8625 6 9374 084 7 635105 574 31 73530 45715 92898 994# of times7 41519 496637 10210 297 14 428 93> 500 000 in total
  • 23. Status (evening Jan 28, 2014) 23Protesters suspend waiting for the results of negotiations between thegovernment and opposition (adopting laws by the parliament).Parliament dismisses 9 laws from Jan 16, 2014. 4 of these are adopted again.While the government calls for compromises:People continue to disappear from hospitals/streets all over UkrainePeople participating in demonstrations being arrested for 2 monthsOther 5 (10 in total) cars belonging to Automaidan activists burntCommandants of Kyiv houses report about Policelooking for people seen with ammunition, helmets, coming home latesystematically, distributing Euromaidan agitation brochuresnoting names, address and telephone numbers of such peoplenoting license plates of cars having Ukraine/EU symbolics on it
  • 24. Status (evening Jan 28, 2014) 24New prime minister – Arbuzov, former Head of NBU, no substantive change.Austrian bank Hypo Vorarlberg confirms that Kluyev brothers lied in theregistration documents not mentioning PEP status (illegal in Austria).Canada restricts entry for key figures of the Ukrainian government.Majority of journalists and public figures acknowledge existence of “squadronsof death” which kidnap/torture/kill anti-government activists.Owners of 3 large shopping centres in Dnipropetrovsk leave Ukraine due tothreats and persecution by the government after showing 5 Kanal news on theadvertisement monitors at night.Activists start gathering information about missing people to initiateinvestigation since police arrests everybody with claims about disappeared people.Numerous cases of people being arrested when buying wood, gas, tires, etc.
  • 25. Status (evening Jan 29, 2014) 25Delegations from EU and US arrive to Ukraine to spectate the votingprocedures by Parliament, help to avoid violence.Parliament adopts a law about amnesty of all imprisoned protesters, again withviolation of voting procedures. Most deputies refused to adopt the law untilYanukovych urgently arrived with threats. Only few saw the actual text of the law.Few Local Administrations being released by protesters.Temperature goes down to -20ºC (-4ºF).EU and US delegation members are not satisfied by the steps made by thegovernment. Suspect that Yanukovych tries to do as little as possible to gainsympathy of the West to avoid sanctions.People don’t want to “bargain” with Yanukovych and demand satisfaction of theirrequirements prior to negotiation about compromises.
  • 26. Status (afternoon Jan 30, 2014) 26Yanukovych doesn’t sign the law about amnesty of imprisoned protesters.Yanukovych is officially on sick leave. Due to respiration disease.Minister of Internal Affairs (Vitaliy Zakharchenko) reports about death of thepolice captain in the Grushevs’kogo Str. from heart attack. Claims protester’spressure as a cause. People blame long working hours at low temperature.+20 cars of Euromaidan participants burnt during the night.Volunteer medical workers imprisoned.Incriminating organisation of civil disorders.Several owners of used tires shops arrestedwithout any investigation/testimony. One of thearrested businessmen is from Holland.“Titushky“ break a camera in front of the police. Police + “titushky” in cooperation
  • 27. Status (night Jan 30, 2014) 27Leader of Automaidan Dmytro Bulatov found (missing since Jan 22, 2014).Thrown out in a village (area where 2 other tortured victims were found).Tortured extremely violently:multiple cuts on face, part of ear cut offwas crucified (holes in hands), broken limbsnot fed for last 3 daysSame scenario as with 2 previous victims.Tortured to tell who organises protests, whopays to people.No investigation started on any case ofkidnapping/torturing (since Jan 20, 2014).Dmytro BulatovAttackers have Russian accent. Convinced that protests are sponsored by USA.
  • 28. Status (evening Jan 31, 2014) 28Police arrives to the private clinic to arrest Dmytro Bulatov (the Automaidanleader) despite critical state of health. Opposition deputies and activists urgentlyarrive to stop the police from taking him away.Many proofs emerge showing that first rows of riotpolice troops consist of young cadets. Always deniedby chiefs of riot police.Dmytro Bulatov in the hospitalMothers of cadets arrive to Kyiv with demonstrations.Asking to disobey illegal orders against the People.Mother of one of the cadets reports about awful workingconditions of the cadets. Continuously under pressure ofanti-Euromaidan propaganda. Used as human shields.Olga PatlatenkoProtests near the Deutsche Bank in the Wall Street (New York) calling forstopping serving the UBD Bank (business of the president’s son)
  • 29. Status (evening Feb 2, 2014) 29Former prime minister Azarov leaves Ukraine on aprivate plane. Joins his son in Viena, Austria.Austrian FORTMAT.AT publishes the complete moneylaundering scheme used by Yanukovych, Azarov, Kluyevin Austria. Demonstrations arise near the Azarov’s house.Ukraine – one of the main topics at Munich Security Conference.Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara mentions“just a scratch” on the cheek of Dmytro Bulatov.Cynically calls the protesters in Ukraine as “extremists”.+4 cars burnt in Kyiv. Activists ask people to park carsnear buildings with surveillance. Remove license platesat night to prevent identification of protesters’ cars and potential damage.Organisation of civil disorders incriminated to Dmytro Bulatov.Demonstration in AustriaMunich Security Conference
  • 30. Status (night Feb 3, 2014) 30President Yanukovych returns from the sick leave right after the EU delegationleaves Ukraine. Plans to visit Sochi Olympic Games in Russian Federation.USA and EU are working on plan of financial support for Ukraine.Dmytro Bulatov is transported to Riga - Vilnus for intensive treatment.Chesno.org reports about 136 injured journalists.Military journalists claim: at war it’s even safer.1739 victims of repression in 3 months of protests.People from Ministry of Internal Affairs unofficially tellabout Russian Special Forces in Ukraine from Jan 20, 2014.Numerous metal bullets found on the area of clashes with riotpolice. Few extracted from dead bodies. Police always claimedonly rubber bullets being used.
  • 31. Status (evening Feb 4, 2014) 31Euromaidan guards detained 2 riot police officers + 1 interior troops soldier incivilian clothes spying the area. Returned to the commander.Euromaidan activist (Sissel K. Andersen) from Denmark disappeared.Demonstrations near the Akhmetov’s (Ukrainianrichest man) residence in London.Ukrainian customs house blocks humanitarian relief forEuromaidan from Poland.Demonstration in LondonNew evidence of Police using Molotov cocktails.2 members of Klitschko’s “Udar” party assassinated.Oleg Garyaga: 3 stab wounds from civilians.Vitaliy Serpokrylov: house ransacked by 20 policemen.Russian oppositional TV channel banned by most Russiannetworks presumably due to showing the real Euromaidan.Molotov & Berkut
  • 32. Status (evening Feb 6, 2014) 32Police stops civilian cars approaching Kyiv, confiscateswood as potential help to Euromaidan. Similar woodbrought to Police and pro-government gangs 3 days later.A gang of teenagers destroyed 2 restaurants in Kyivmimicking Euromaidan protesters. Wearing sneakers:typical for pro-government gangs. Not used by Euromaidan.Explosive put in a package marked “Medicine” for Euromaidan detonated inheadquarters building. Identical package identified in another building.2 victims of the explosion:Roman Dzivinskyj, 20 years, amputated left hand;Nazar Derzhylo , 15 years old, burnt eyes;Euromaidan commandant Andriy Parubiy suspects government’s provocation:numerous attempts of police to oust people with fictitious reports about bomb inthe building.
  • 33. Status (night Feb 8, 2014) 33Protest near the Ukraine embassy in Washington DCon arrival of Ukrainian delegation.Yanukovych is one of the few presidents not shown inthe live opening ceremony of the Olympic Games inOnly Russian TV showed Ukrainian president.Protest in Washington DCSochi. 4 Ukrainian Olympic Games sportsmen registered byorganisers as born in Russia instead of Ukraine (mistake?)Additional evidences of riot police using forbiddenweapons against protesters showing up.Dmytro Bulatov gives a press conference in Vilnus.Euromaidan guards stop the pro-government gangwith intention to dismount the barricades.Court of Cherkasy forbids any protests due to infection. Photos of Bulatov’s injuries
  • 34. Status (evening Feb 10, 2014) 34Gang of armed activists “For clean Kyiv” with russiansymbolic ribbons of Saint George ( ) come to Kyivcentre to disassemble the barricades. Met by hundredsof smiling Euromaidan guards, leave the area.Euromaidan guards find an abandoned room near theMaidan with lots of computers and video-records ofEuromaidan activists. Have signs of possible explosivespreparation. The building belongs to the “Graal” companyconnected to the Minister of Education Dmytro Tabachnyk.Solidarity demonstration in the Maidan to support theRussian TV channel “Dozhd” (Rain) — removed from Russian TV networks forshowing the Euromaidan objectively.Parliament continues to ignore People’s demand to adopt the old version ofConstitution 2004 limiting the president’s credentials.Protection of barricadesSupport of the “Dozhd” TV
  • 35. Status (evening Feb 12, 2014) 35Monitors in public transport of Crimea start showing advertisements accusingopposition and Euromaidan leaders of extremism and betrayal. Politicians askingRussian Federation for military support in Crimea.Ukrainian hryvnya devaluated by 20% already.Auto of a Euromaidan activist in Rivne burnt at night.Ruling Party of Regions fraction in Lviv self-dismissed.Journalist investigation proves that police lets rich peopleinside the prohibited zone to the luxury boutique.Government doesn’t follow the adopted amnesty law,releasing innocent protesters only under house arrest with15-year imprisonment threat.Youtube blocks the channel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs due tooverwhelming complaints on publication of misleading and abusing information.Surveillance video of burningLuxury boutique investigation
  • 36. Status (night Feb 14, 2014) 36Official report of the court about a sniper working on the Grushevs’kogo Str.NAFTOGAS limits gas supply to 11 regions that have active protests on thewest and centre. Largest debts in eastern regions.Strike of the trolleybus drivers in Luhans’k due to nosalary for over 4 months.Billboards with anti-Euromaidan propaganda in Crimea.EU representative Jeffrey Luebbe beaten in Simferopol (Crimea)for expressing support of the Euromaidan.Euromaidan and Automaidan activist Serhiy Synenko burnt inhis car in Zaporizhghya.Football fans of numerous Ukrainian clubs announce temporary peace to unitefor support of Euromaidan.
  • 37. Status (evening Feb 16, 2014) 37Ministry of Internal Affairs denies participation of Berkutofficers in brutal destroying of civilian vehicles.Video clearly refutes this statement.Trainers of multiple schools of martial arts supportEuromaidan. Organise free trainings for the protesters.Demonstration of Automaidan in Chicago.Demonstration supporting Euromaidan in St. Petersburg.Tatars community in Crimea express readiness to resistseparatist pro-Russian movements in the region.Pro-government news channel Podrobnosti postsmessages in the official Twitter channel: “We are the mostdeceitful news” and “D.V. Firtash, sorry, you don’t haveenough money on the account to continue lying in this blog”Berkut crashing civilian carAutomaidan in Chicago
  • 38. Summary of the protests 387 people dead 1 policeman dead? ? ???.??.19?? – 22-25.01.2014?Dozens reported missing + Morgues report unidentified bodies = Dead?Why do not people stop the protests… What do people call EU and US for…Price of democracy People of Ukraine ask the world for support
  • 39. Status (afternoon Feb 18, 2014) 39Ministry of Internal Affairs removes accusation fromseveral activists.Young girls painted military trucks used by securityforces as barricades.Protestors block the building of Parliament demandingsatisfaction of the requirements of Euromaidan.Mobilisation of medicine personnel announced in thecentre of Kyiv.Snipers captured in the centre of Kyiv.Painted military trucksBlocking of the ParliamentSnipers in KyivWitnesses report about snipers shooting in a protester andthen shooting in a security force officer causing a start of theWAR IN UKRAINE
  • 40. Status (evening Feb 18, 2014) 40Police starts an attack of the protestors using batons,shotguns. Snipers shooting people from the roofs.Security forces burn 1-st and 9-th floor of the fieldhospital building with doctors and injured people inside.People being killed by precise shots in head and neck.Security forces using automatic guns including AK-47.People all over Ukraine assaulting security forces, policebuildings. In Kmelnytskyj woman shot from AK-47.People burn the military truck to limit visibility for snipers.Protestors coming to Kyiv to give support. Police blocksall entrances to Kyiv. Underground blocked.Security forces in few cities support protestors.Snipers on the roofBurning field hospitalBattle in the Instytutska Str.
  • 41. Status (evening Feb 19, 2014) 4120+ people killed. 600+ people injured. Electricity switched off in the centre.Many people trapped in the field hospital building due to fallen floors, that wereburnt by security forces. People burned alive.People block buses with security forces/payed thugs on roads all over Ukraine.Ukrainian skier Bohdana Matsyots’ka left Sochi Olympic Games to protestagainst the Ukrainian government.After meeting with Yanukovych Klitschko claims that the president doesn’tadequately treat the situation demanding that people go home.Battles in the centre of Kyiv suspended while snipers continue shooting peopleand new forces coming to Kyiv.Yanukovych changes the head of military forces of Ukraine to Yuriy Il’yin whowould execute his orders to act against people.
  • 42. Status (afternoon Feb 20, 2014) 4230 000+ people in the Independence Square in Kyivpreparing the barricades waiting for the new assault.Dozens of police units become hostages of protestors.Dozens on deaths every hour from sniper attacks onunarmed people with only helmets/shields/sticks.People block trains with security forces coming to Kyiv.Underground starts working.Deputies massively leaving Kyiv through the VIP terminalin Zhulyany airport with large bags full of money.Minister of Internal Affairs asks people to leave the area.Announces that security forces are officially allowed touse deadly weapons after 70+ shot dead already.Independence SquareCruel sniper attacksSnipers/automatic guns
  • 43. Status (evening Feb 20, 2014) 43People building the wall in the Independence Square usingbricks from sidewalks.People bringing tons of food to help those in the battle.Deputies of the Party of Regions start leaving it.Building the wall~700 of “titushky” arrive to fight against people.USA applies sanctions against some Ukrainian politicians.New majority formed in the Ukrainian Parliament votingfor stopping the fire by all security forces, returning themBlocking of trainsto the places of permanent dislocation.Security forces started to throw grenades and shoot more intensively after theadoption of the resolutions.“Titusuhki” armed with guns, shooting people, crash shops, ambulances.
  • 44. Status (evening Feb 21, 2014) 44Yanukovych signs the peaceful agreement with the opposition. Acknowledged byEuropean delegation. Russia doesn’t sign.Group of police units armed with automatic guns enter the Parliament. Deputieslead them out. Polish delegate claims that Yanukovych was ready to use army forcleaning up the centre of Kyiv.All the security forces urgently leave Kyiv very fast, leaving lots of ammunition.The Minister of Internal Affairs, Vitaliy Zakharchenko leftto Belorussia. Many deputies left to eastern Ukraine, Russia.Requiem for the victims held in the Independence Square.Requiem in KyivPeople are suspicious about the opposition leaders. Are absolutely not satisfiedby the agreement with Yanukovych. Demand dismissal and punishment ofYanukovych, all people responsible for beating and killing people in last 3 months.The governor of Kharkiv plans a meeting of deputies of eastern regions.
  • 45. Status (afternoon Feb 22, 2014) 45The guards of the Maidan with journalists arrive to thepresident’s residence left empty without any security.Looks like people were escaping quickly.Neighbours saw dozens of buses being stacked withstuff and leaving the residence in a hurry.The house is empty. Many luxury leftovers (icons, goldcoins, old paintings, antique vases) in the garage.Look like it didn’t fit in the bus.Multiple heaps of burned papers, documents. Somethrown out in the lake. Saved documents show thereceipts of hundred million dollar cash transfers.Lots of guns, automatic guns, rifles, bullets found on thebottom of the lake.Leftovers in the residenceDocuments in the residenceWeapons in the residence
  • 46. Status (evening Feb 22, 2014) 46Julia Tymoshenko released from the prison. Urgentlytransported to the Euromaidan stage in Kyiv.Tymoshenko delivered a prepared speech in front ofprotestors. Reported about the plan to immediatelyTymoshenko releasedreturn to politics and “to protect” the whole Ukraine.Majority of people are offended, do not believe her, considering all the lies andcrimes she committed while being in politics.People don’t want to see Tymoshenko in politics. Express great complaints aboutactions of the new government. In particular – giving priority to release ofTymoshenko instead of actual releasing all the illegally arrested activists,investigation of all the deaths, punishment of people responsible for ~100 deaths.Russian politicians express suspicious willingness to work with Tymoshenko,unlike they were before, when opposition was represented by other people.
  • 47. Status (evening Feb 23, 2014) 47Yanukovych makes an announcement denying to resign,calling protestors extremists, calling for stopping theseparatist actions. Nobody can find the president.Documents with detailed descriptions of plans of theAutopark of Yanukovychattacks, including special forces, snipers made public.People find wide animals on the territory of the president’sresidence used for hunting, garage full of luxury cars.Heads of the Kharkiv, who threatened protestors withcruel reprisal, return to the city after escaping the daybefore. Look very confident.Demonstration in KerchPoliticians and pro-Russian public organisation in Crimea initiate separatistmeetings with Russian flags. Meetings against separation of Crimea form as well.Pro-Russian demonstrants destroy Ukrainian flags in several cities.
  • 48. Status (evening Feb 24, 2014) 48Video appears demonstrating police units armed withautomatic guns, sniper rifles, shooting people.The new Minister of Internal Affairs, Avakov reports thatYanukovych can’t be found. Part of his guards left him. Wastrying to leave Ukraine on the airplane but the militaryplane was flying around and not letting him.According to the TV channel ATR, Yanukovych is hiding inthe Russian military base in Sevastopol, Crimea.The residence of the attorney general’s house visitedby activists shows the same level of crazy luxury.4 deputies of the Russian Parliament arrive to Simpferopol.Witnesses report about Russian military cars in Crimea.People not satisfied by cheating of the new government.Armed security forcesResidence of the attorneyRussian deputies
  • 49. Status (evening Feb 25, 2014) 49Journalists captured many military cars with Russianlicense plates entering the Russian sanatorium in Yalta.Euromaidan guards found 2 “titushky”. They told that:• were paid 400 hryvnias (~50 USD)Russian army in Yalta• had to participate in pro-government demonstrations• asked to take photos of people supporting Euromaidan• one cried, told that he was cheated and usedPeople from Lviv (western Ukraine) announce an action:Action of solidaritywill speak Russian to support people from the eastern UkrainePeople from Donetsk (eastern Ukraine) announce that they will speak Ukrainianto show solidarity with people from western and central Ukraine.People are very disappointed by the new government working on the electioncampaigns, residence of Yanukovych and adopting laws that support separatism.
  • 50. Status (evening Feb 26, 2014) 50One of the protestors gives an interview. Tells that hisfriend personally saw “titushky” cutting off heads of 2protestors, scalping 1 protestor. Video appears with aman without head.People and journalists come to the house of Tsaryov,deputy of the Party of Regions. Do not dare to enterbecause of snipers on the roofs.Set of signets found in of the offices of the Party ofRegions. Could be used for falsification in the regionalprecincts during the president election campaigns.Activists dismantled the fence around the building of theParliament in Kyiv.Journalists claim that people have shot Andriy Kluyev.Man without headTsaryov’s residenceSignets in the office
  • 51. Status (evening Feb 28, 2014) 51Military armed with lots of weapon occupied buildingsof the Parliament and government in Crimea. Raised theRussian flag over it. Do not listen to local police.Evidences of Russian army units movements through theterritory of Crimea. Russia calls it the planned trainings.Should notify 72 hours in advance according to agreement.Yanukovych gives a press-conference in Rostov-na-Donu(Russia), doesn’t accept the new government in Ukraine.Asks Vladimir Putin to restore order in Ukraine.Militaries without identification signs occupy internationalairport Bel’bek in Crimea. Military helicopters coming.Russian army blocks numerous military units of Ukraineall over Crimea.Situation in CrimeaYanukovych press-conferenceMilitary helicopters
  • 52. Status (evening Mar 1, 2014) 52Leader of the pro Russian party, Aksyonov – illegallyassigned as the minister of Crimea. After assigning thecitizen of Russia as a mayor of Sevastopol.People are threatened by myths about extremists comingfrom centre/west to kill people. Russian passports issued.Militaries forbid journalists to record them, threat toshoot. Take the memory cards away.Pro Russian activist occupy the building of the regionaladministration in Kharkiv, occupied by Euromaidanactivist before. Two activists killed. Ukrainian writer beaten.The State Council of Russian Federation officially givespermission to Vladimir Putin to garrison Russian militaryforces in Ukraine.Russian militaries hide facesRussian army in CrimeaOccupation of administration
  • 53. Status (evening Mar 2, 2014) 53Ukraine asks NATO, USA and EU for support in resolvingthe conflict with Russia. All they officially agree that theactions of Russia are unacceptable and should be stopped.Photos show that the man who had put Russian flag overthe Administration building in Kharkiv is a citizen ofMoscow, Russia who disappeared afterwards.Russian militaries block military airport Belbeck andother military units. Trying to disarm Ukrainian army.Numerous protests in Russia against military intrusioninto Ukraine. Police arrests 300+ antiwar protestors.Protest all over Ukraine, including eastern regions andCrimea against intrusion of Russian army.Same people noticed in distant pro-Russian meetings.Russian citizen with flagBlockade by Russian soldiersArrests of Russian protestors
  • 54. Status (evening Mar 3, 2014) 54Russia strengthens the informational war against Ukraine.Explains the military intrusion in Ukraine by numerousfalse statements about danger to lives of Russian citizens.Numerous journalists compare V.Putin to Stalin andHitler due to his aggression against peaceful Ukraine.Largest Crimean TV channel went off the air because ofthreats to lives of the journalists.Russian jet fighters illegally crossed Ukrainian aerialborders twice. Intercepted by Ukrainian jets.V.Yanukovych appealed to Russian president V.Putin touse Russian army on the territory of Ukraine.Few Russian military trucks crossed the border withUkraine. Soldiers seized Ukrainian border post.About actions of PutinRussia vs Ukraine (Crimea)
  • 55. Summary of the battle 55In 3 days (Feb. 18-20, 2014):Regime of Yanukovych overturn.Most of people responsible for killing people have escaped.New opposition government doesn’t act in the interests of the people.New voting in Parliament is not transparent. Important issues not covered at all.100+ people dead 1000+ people injuredVideo covering 3 days of war in Ukraine Clip devoted to those who have diedThree Days Of War Heaven hundred
  • 56. Notable Politically Exposed Persons of Ukraine 56Viktor YanukovychPresident, the onlyperson in history ofUkraine to ignite protests of1 million people (2004, 2013, ?)Oleksandr YanukovychSon of the PresidentParliamentarian,Billionaire, (Dentist)Mykola AzarovFormerPrime Minister(Resigned)Andriy KluyevParliamentarian,BillionaireSerhiy KluyevSecretary of theNational Defence andSecurity Council,BillionaireSerhiy ArbuzovCurrentPrime Minister,former Head of theNational Bank of UkraineOleksandr YefremovParliamentarian,Head of theParty of the RegionsOleksandr KlymenkoHead of theTax AdministrationRinat AkhmetovFormerParliamentarian,Billionaire(Ukraine’s richest man)
  • 57. YOU CAN HELP1. Get informed, stay informed. Don’t take our word for it, do your research.How to Explain What’s Happening in UkraineWhat’s Happening in Ukraine and Why It Matters Revolution in Kiev, UkraineWhy 1 Million Ukrainians Are Protesting spilno.tv Live streaming from Ukraine2. Get connected: EUROMAYDAN EnglishMaidan GRMaidan3. Share with friends. Tell your government.4. Support independent media in Ukraine and around the world.Ukrainians need international support to overcome the violations of basichuman rights, the rule of law and the Ukrainian Constitution57
  • 58. Appendix: Why “titushky”? 58Name originates from the last name of Vadym Titushko - martial art fighter:Captured while beating journalists of 5 Kanal on May 18, 2013Was one of dozens of fighters paid by government to intimidate protestersSince then, every massive protest in Ukraine is accompanied by gangs of suchthugs who beat people, provoke fights and arrests.Titushki are never arrested by police. Complaints about them are ignored.Often unemployed, some with criminal history.Usually are of age 17-30 years old.Payed with USD 15-80 per completed task.Unlike real protesters always hide faces from cameras.Vadym Titushko & othersHave been used as pro-government demonstrators in December of 2013.
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    The horrible truth about what really happens during the revolution in Ukraine on January, 2014.

    Outside world usually doesn't realise how cynical and amoral are the people who rule the country and who have led the quiet european country to massive protests, revolution and deaths. Journalists are just shot like dogs to not let truth go abroad.

    Only part of the terror is presented here. But you can see the way things are ruled out in Ukraine by Yanukovych and his close surroundings.
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    • 1. Jan 23, 2014 - Mar 3, 2014What is really happeningin Ukraine-15ºC (5ºF)
  • 2. Prerequisites of the Conflict 2Nov 23-29,2013President Yanukovich refusesto sign the EU association.Massive peaceful protests arise allover Ukraine demanding to signthe association.Nov 30, 2013 “Berkut” units brutallydisperse protesters at nightbeating women and students.Huge protests in Kyiv. Peoplecoming from all over Ukraine.People demand punishment ofresponsible for brutal actions.Dec 8, 2013 Government doesn’t react.President behaves likenothing happens.“March of million”. About a millionprotesters in Kyiv, thousands inother cities. People demanddismissal of the government.
  • 3. Prerequisites of the Conflict 3Dec 2013 No charges or dismissals bythe Regime. Instead,protesters are arrested, jailedawaiting trial.Protesters occupy Kyivadministration building, organiseprotests near the homes of keygovernment officials.Jan 16, 2014 20 anti-democratic,unconstitutional laws passedagainst Parliamentary votingprocedures.Protesting: 15 years in prison.Wearing a helmet: beating byPolice.Protests increase. Radicalizedprotesters equipped with bodyprotection, sticks and petrolbombs organise to occupy theGrushevs’kogo Street protectedby “Berkut” units.tension starts to grow even further
  • 4. Prerequisites of the ConflictThe regime ignores peaceful protests of Euromaidan,escalates conflict to beatings, arrests of peaceful peoplefor wearing helmets, carrying wood, other “crimes”.European association is no longer an issue,as the Regime begins to attack its own people.Violence escalates.4
  • 5. The Regime: Violence / EnforcementDomestic Police Riot Troops: Berkut First TeamPrison guards, seasoned troops, special forces.Protect government representatives with shields, batons,tear gas, stun grenades, rifles.Extremely violent, shoot-to-kill, beat skulls and ribs withbatons, shoot-journalists-on-site.7 activists/journalists dead nearly 100 missingDomestic Police Riot Troops: Berkut DrafteesYoung, mostly untrained, obligatory-service troops whoare placed in the front lines to take the bulk of anyviolence, while First Team awaits opportunity to attack.High descension and fear of the government.Have limited information about reason of the protests.5
  • 6. The Regime: Violence / EnforcementHired Enforcers: “Titushky”Paid in cash, enlisted and controlled by governmentinitiative through the Ministry of Internal Affairs.Additional muscle when there is a need to keepgovernment activities “out of uniform”.Search-and-destroy teams in the streets against activistsand journalists. Crash shops, destroy property.“Titushky” mimic protesters to discredit real activists and intimidate people,preventing them from joining the protests.1 000 - 1 400 men with hammers, iron balls and narcotics regularly witnessedas organised groups in the centre of Kyiv and other cities.Numerous evidences of close cooperation with Berkut (never arrested whencommitting illegal actions).6
  • 7. The Regime: The Informational WarTV / Press (Ukraine and Russia)Press (International)An informational vacuum exists within Ukraine and inneighbouring Russia. Ukrainian state channels, non-statechannels purchased/captured by the “Family”. Russianchannels control the most of the airways. Only two majornewspapers remain independent. Free internet is vital.The western press continues to see the protests in coldwar terms: “Euro-centric” or fundamentally based on“ethnic/language” splitting in Ukraine.Lack of good Ukraine-based journalism in English. Heavylobbying campaigns in Europe and Washington assist inthis misunderstanding.7
  • 8. The People: Activist 8“Euromaidan” + “Radical Maidan”“AutoMaidan”Believe that control of locations and threat of force backare key factors to maintain pressure on the regime. Seekthe cancellation of anti-constitutional laws, full dismissal ofYanukovych and his government.Use helmets, pans (to protect heads), wooden sticks,stones, petrol bombs, fireworks. + songs, poetry, speech.Self-organised car owners who can react fast on illegalactions from the government side.Transport medicine, people, food to the protesters.Organise protests outside Kyiv, chase “titushky”, protectpeople in hospitals from kidnapping by “Berkut”.
  • 9. The People: Media/Medical 9Mass MediaField MedicineHromadskeTV, SpilnoTV, 5-th Channel, Chesno,Euromaidan(fb), Automaidan(fb), RadicalMaidan(fb), …Journalists are being chased and shot on purpose, forcingthem to remove ID’s so as not to be noticed by Berkut.1 journalist tortured to death.Volunteers helping hundreds of injured protesters withwounds from rifle shots, batons, extreme cold.Are constantly under aimed attacks from “Berkut”.Use donated medicines from regular people.Work mainly in buildings to protect from “Berkut”.
  • 10. The Regime: TacticsIntimidation. Increase pressure, keep people scared, depress scale of protests:• Violence: Titushky for random/pointed beating of people• Fear: SMS broadcast on Maidan informing people that they are registered ascriminal protesters and are being monitored (at least 2 cellular providerssent such messages)• Kidnapping/torturing of injuredpeople from hospitalsDEAD• Military forces being movedto Kyiv from other regionsIhor LutsenkoKidnapped, tortured,• Suspected use of foreign forcesthrown out in a field• Arresting people who buy/transport stuff commonly used by protesters (e.g.tires, wood, large amounts of medicine, clothes)Yurij VerbytskyjKidnapped, tortured,found in the same field10
  • 11. The Regime: Tactics 11Liquidate as many protesters as possible:• Field medicine workers being shot on purpose• Police searches for protesters in hospital based on the injury types• Injured protesters must be sent to private clinicsto avoid torturing by Berkut• Police attach nails and stones to stun grenades• Police aiming for heads with shotgunsand batons, people losing eyes• Captured protesters are stripped,tortured, humiliated and taken tounknown places, afterwards foundnaked in fields and forests,Caution!sometimes deadBrutal violence!
  • 12. The Regime: Tactics 12Limit documentation and distribution of materials about real events in Ukraine• Journalists are being shot on purpose (1+ dead)• Cameras and other equipment destroyed on sight• Users being randomly disconnected from internet and cellular networks• Phones are withdrawn from all local police units for weeks. They don’t knowwhy people are protesting. Are threatened by tribunal for disobedienceDeactivate major activists and leaders of protests (15+ activists can’t be found)IHORLUTSENKOYURIYVERBYTS’KYJEuromaidan activistTortured. In hospital.Euromaidan activistTortured. Dead.DMYTROBULATOVAutomaidan leaderBeaten. Unknown.MYHAJLOZHYZNEVS’KYJEuromaidan guardShot dead by a sniper.
  • 13. The People: Strategy 13Radical Maidan holds Berkut under pressure on Grushevs’kogo Str.Automaidan activists patrol the city:Deactivating, disarming and documenting “titushky” gangsBlocking buses with police units from entering the city centreTransport injured people to hospitalsMaximize effectiveness of donations and volunteers:Legal advocacy for the illegally arrestedTrained medical personnel giving first aid to victims of police attacksFood, clothing, blankets, fuel and various gear distributed to activistsAll over Ukraine, blocking municipal buildings, military bases, police busesYoung military students beg for blockades, as they are being forced to go toKyiv and fight)
  • 14. Status (night Jan 23, 2014) 145 out of 25 Local State Administrations occupied by the PeopleInterior troops forces in 4 cities resign (refusing to perform illegal actions)Football fans of three clubs joined up with protesters in Kyiv and DonetskResult of violent Police actions:• 150+ police units injured (light injuries of head/hands from stones and fire)• 1500+ people injured (crushed skulls, lost eyes, broken limbs, contusion)• 4 people killed (2 shot, 1 thrown from a pillar, 1 tortured to death)• 15+ people detained with no explanations, locations remain unknown• 70+ journalists injured from precise attacks on people with cameras• 30+ medical workers injuredBrutal and cynical human rights violations
  • 15. Status (afternoon Jan 25, 2014) 15Meetings all over the world supporting protests in Ukraine:Germany, France, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, USA, …Russian Federation and Belarus – the only countries wheremeetings supporting Euromaidan are dispersed by the police.Meeting in MoscowAll major Russian mass media massively spread highly biased informationemphasising honourable work of “Berkut” and Nazi orientation of activists.People being beaten and detained by police in public places, trains, shops,when buying wood, medicine and other things used by protesters, wearingsymbolic ribbons with Ukrainian and European flags, Euromaidan badges…“Berkut” officers receive bonuses for each hour of standing on theGrushevskogo Str.. Rumors of raises abound.Ministry of Internal Affairs reports ~100 of “Berkut” units with frostbitten feet,as they are forced to stand for up to 12 hours in the streets.
  • 16. Status (afternoon Jan 25, 2014) 1610 out of 25 Local State Administrations occupied byprotesters. Protests arising in eastern regions.15 activists of Automaidan beaten andimprisoned without hospitalisation despite heavyinjuries from Berkut attacks. Hundreds ofprotesters detained and imprisoned.PeopleSeizure attemptsGovernmentMassive protestsMinistry of Internal Affairs blamesProtests supported by fans of football clubsEuromaidan in killing 1 and detaining 2 policemen. Protesters deny.+1 dead protester: metal bullet in lungs, bullet in shoulder, amputated arm, death.Automaidan offers 10 000 UAH reward for help in finding the team leaderDmytro Bulatov (Jan 22, 2014 disappeared, no more information).250+ armed military units detected hidden in the International ConventionCenter near the Euromaidan peaceful demonstration.
  • 17. Status (afternoon Jan 26, 2014) 17Massive protests arise on the east and southArmed military units leave International ConventionCenter under pressure by protesters, leave suppliesof canned food and vodka.Yanukovych proposed ruling positions inPeople’s Councillegitimisedthe government to 2 Opposition leaders.PeopleSeizure attemptsGovernment Massive protestsPeople not satisfied, Opposition refuses.ProtestsProtests supportingsupported by fansthe ruling partyEuromaidan wants dismissal of the presidentof football clubsas the main responsible for deaths, tortures and thousands of victims.“Titushki” under protection of the police found shooting peacefuldemonstrators with traumatic weapons in Dnipropetrovsk.Leading businessmen Victor Pinchuk and Rinat Akhmetov break withYanukovych and publicly call for stopping the use of brutal force.
  • 18. Status (evening Jan 26, 2014) 18The Ukrainian protests of 2013 and 2014:Were triggered by Yanukovych’s about-face on a European trajectory.Became massive due to the Regime’s brutal crack down on peaceful protesters,and their refusal to hold anyone accountable.Became violent due to the illegal passing of anti-constitutional laws againstpublic protest and the Regime’s tactics of arresting, beating, kidnapping,torturing and murdering of protesters, journalists and medics.Will continue to grow due to the wide recognition of the Regime’s corruption,theft, money laundering, cronyism, censorship, and its singular goal to maintainthe extreme wealth that it has gained over the last 3 years.Will stop only with a return of justice, human rights, rule of the law of Ukraine.Will have lasting, serious consequences that Ukrainians will have to overcome.
  • 19. Status (morning Jan 27, 2014) 19Level of aggressiveness of the riot police rises. Demonstrators in 5 cities areviolently beaten and arrested without hospitalisation.“Titushky” provoke protesters for aggression, hide behindthe police, then protesters are being beaten and arrested.“Titushky” burn cars of the protesters. Police arrests theowners who try to protect the cars.In DnipropetrovskWorld heavy-weight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschkoposts a video asking western countries to help Ukraine.Numerous money-exchange centres reporting aboutpeople with a clear Russian accent massively exchangingRUB→UAH (Possible Russian police coming for provocations?)Journalists are asked to watch closely the airports for possibleRussian police coming to Ukraine, changing into Ukrainian uniform.Police threatens the journalistW. Klitschko
  • 20. Status (morning Jan 27, 2014) 20Ministry of Internal Affairs refuses to start investigations about people shotduring the protests on the basis of “official claims to police about the deaths”.People can’t make official claims about killed victims because they areimmediately arrested. Hundreds of people remain missing all over Ukraine.Morgues in Kyiv report dozens of unidentified dead bodies being transported bypolice without any explanation.Government continues threatening people with calling a state of emergency.Killed people are labeled as “extremists” by the government.The latest fatality, Roman Senyk, was shot from the large height according to thedoctors’ examinations (presumably by a sniper).2 gangs of “Titushky” were fighting each other to make the impression of theprotesters beating civilians (according to protesters and witnesses in Donetsk).
  • 21. Status (evening Jan 27, 2014) 21+2 dead bodies in Kyiv found in the morning1 hanged on the Christmas tree near the Euromaidan1 tortured, with tied hands (in the district where 15members of Automaidan are being imprisoned)POLICE“TITUSHKO”PROTESTERClear evidence of the policecooperating with “titushky”?Control over Local StatesPeople’s Council legitimisedPeopleGovernmentMassive protestsSeizure attemptsProtestssupporting theruling partyProtection gangs of theruling party createdRuling party fractionbroken upPolice+”titushky” beatingunarmed peopleControl of rulingparty restoredRuling partyforbiddenParty “Swoboda”forbidden
  • 22. Status (evening Jan 27, 2014) 222004 Eurovision contest winner Ruslana reports numerous threats to kill her.Police department in Rivne city supports protesters and asks for help due tonumerous attacks on women by pro-government gangs (“titushky”).THE WORLD DOES CARE!this presentation viewed63 58711 869210 8625 6 9374 084 7 635105 574 31 73530 45715 92898 994# of times7 41519 496637 10210 297 14 428 93> 500 000 in total
  • 23. Status (evening Jan 28, 2014) 23Protesters suspend waiting for the results of negotiations between thegovernment and opposition (adopting laws by the parliament).Parliament dismisses 9 laws from Jan 16, 2014. 4 of these are adopted again.While the government calls for compromises:People continue to disappear from hospitals/streets all over UkrainePeople participating in demonstrations being arrested for 2 monthsOther 5 (10 in total) cars belonging to Automaidan activists burntCommandants of Kyiv houses report about Policelooking for people seen with ammunition, helmets, coming home latesystematically, distributing Euromaidan agitation brochuresnoting names, address and telephone numbers of such peoplenoting license plates of cars having Ukraine/EU symbolics on it
  • 24. Status (evening Jan 28, 2014) 24New prime minister – Arbuzov, former Head of NBU, no substantive change.Austrian bank Hypo Vorarlberg confirms that Kluyev brothers lied in theregistration documents not mentioning PEP status (illegal in Austria).Canada restricts entry for key figures of the Ukrainian government.Majority of journalists and public figures acknowledge existence of “squadronsof death” which kidnap/torture/kill anti-government activists.Owners of 3 large shopping centres in Dnipropetrovsk leave Ukraine due tothreats and persecution by the government after showing 5 Kanal news on theadvertisement monitors at night.Activists start gathering information about missing people to initiateinvestigation since police arrests everybody with claims about disappeared people.Numerous cases of people being arrested when buying wood, gas, tires, etc.
  • 25. Status (evening Jan 29, 2014) 25Delegations from EU and US arrive to Ukraine to spectate the votingprocedures by Parliament, help to avoid violence.Parliament adopts a law about amnesty of all imprisoned protesters, again withviolation of voting procedures. Most deputies refused to adopt the law untilYanukovych urgently arrived with threats. Only few saw the actual text of the law.Few Local Administrations being released by protesters.Temperature goes down to -20ºC (-4ºF).EU and US delegation members are not satisfied by the steps made by thegovernment. Suspect that Yanukovych tries to do as little as possible to gainsympathy of the West to avoid sanctions.People don’t want to “bargain” with Yanukovych and demand satisfaction of theirrequirements prior to negotiation about compromises.
  • 26. Status (afternoon Jan 30, 2014) 26Yanukovych doesn’t sign the law about amnesty of imprisoned protesters.Yanukovych is officially on sick leave. Due to respiration disease.Minister of Internal Affairs (Vitaliy Zakharchenko) reports about death of thepolice captain in the Grushevs’kogo Str. from heart attack. Claims protester’spressure as a cause. People blame long working hours at low temperature.+20 cars of Euromaidan participants burnt during the night.Volunteer medical workers imprisoned.Incriminating organisation of civil disorders.Several owners of used tires shops arrestedwithout any investigation/testimony. One of thearrested businessmen is from Holland.“Titushky“ break a camera in front of the police. Police + “titushky” in cooperation
  • 27. Status (night Jan 30, 2014) 27Leader of Automaidan Dmytro Bulatov found (missing since Jan 22, 2014).Thrown out in a village (area where 2 other tortured victims were found).Tortured extremely violently:multiple cuts on face, part of ear cut offwas crucified (holes in hands), broken limbsnot fed for last 3 daysSame scenario as with 2 previous victims.Tortured to tell who organises protests, whopays to people.No investigation started on any case ofkidnapping/torturing (since Jan 20, 2014).Dmytro BulatovAttackers have Russian accent. Convinced that protests are sponsored by USA.
  • 28. Status (evening Jan 31, 2014) 28Police arrives to the private clinic to arrest Dmytro Bulatov (the Automaidanleader) despite critical state of health. Opposition deputies and activists urgentlyarrive to stop the police from taking him away.Many proofs emerge showing that first rows of riotpolice troops consist of young cadets. Always deniedby chiefs of riot police.Dmytro Bulatov in the hospitalMothers of cadets arrive to Kyiv with demonstrations.Asking to disobey illegal orders against the People.Mother of one of the cadets reports about awful workingconditions of the cadets. Continuously under pressure ofanti-Euromaidan propaganda. Used as human shields.Olga PatlatenkoProtests near the Deutsche Bank in the Wall Street (New York) calling forstopping serving the UBD Bank (business of the president’s son)
  • 29. Status (evening Feb 2, 2014) 29Former prime minister Azarov leaves Ukraine on aprivate plane. Joins his son in Viena, Austria.Austrian FORTMAT.AT publishes the complete moneylaundering scheme used by Yanukovych, Azarov, Kluyevin Austria. Demonstrations arise near the Azarov’s house.Ukraine – one of the main topics at Munich Security Conference.Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara mentions“just a scratch” on the cheek of Dmytro Bulatov.Cynically calls the protesters in Ukraine as “extremists”.+4 cars burnt in Kyiv. Activists ask people to park carsnear buildings with surveillance. Remove license platesat night to prevent identification of protesters’ cars and potential damage.Organisation of civil disorders incriminated to Dmytro Bulatov.Demonstration in AustriaMunich Security Conference
  • 30. Status (night Feb 3, 2014) 30President Yanukovych returns from the sick leave right after the EU delegationleaves Ukraine. Plans to visit Sochi Olympic Games in Russian Federation.USA and EU are working on plan of financial support for Ukraine.Dmytro Bulatov is transported to Riga - Vilnus for intensive treatment.Chesno.org reports about 136 injured journalists.Military journalists claim: at war it’s even safer.1739 victims of repression in 3 months of protests.People from Ministry of Internal Affairs unofficially tellabout Russian Special Forces in Ukraine from Jan 20, 2014.Numerous metal bullets found on the area of clashes with riotpolice. Few extracted from dead bodies. Police always claimedonly rubber bullets being used.
  • 31. Status (evening Feb 4, 2014) 31Euromaidan guards detained 2 riot police officers + 1 interior troops soldier incivilian clothes spying the area. Returned to the commander.Euromaidan activist (Sissel K. Andersen) from Denmark disappeared.Demonstrations near the Akhmetov’s (Ukrainianrichest man) residence in London.Ukrainian customs house blocks humanitarian relief forEuromaidan from Poland.Demonstration in LondonNew evidence of Police using Molotov cocktails.2 members of Klitschko’s “Udar” party assassinated.Oleg Garyaga: 3 stab wounds from civilians.Vitaliy Serpokrylov: house ransacked by 20 policemen.Russian oppositional TV channel banned by most Russiannetworks presumably due to showing the real Euromaidan.Molotov & Berkut
  • 32. Status (evening Feb 6, 2014) 32Police stops civilian cars approaching Kyiv, confiscateswood as potential help to Euromaidan. Similar woodbrought to Police and pro-government gangs 3 days later.A gang of teenagers destroyed 2 restaurants in Kyivmimicking Euromaidan protesters. Wearing sneakers:typical for pro-government gangs. Not used by Euromaidan.Explosive put in a package marked “Medicine” for Euromaidan detonated inheadquarters building. Identical package identified in another building.2 victims of the explosion:Roman Dzivinskyj, 20 years, amputated left hand;Nazar Derzhylo , 15 years old, burnt eyes;Euromaidan commandant Andriy Parubiy suspects government’s provocation:numerous attempts of police to oust people with fictitious reports about bomb inthe building.
  • 33. Status (night Feb 8, 2014) 33Protest near the Ukraine embassy in Washington DCon arrival of Ukrainian delegation.Yanukovych is one of the few presidents not shown inthe live opening ceremony of the Olympic Games inOnly Russian TV showed Ukrainian president.Protest in Washington DCSochi. 4 Ukrainian Olympic Games sportsmen registered byorganisers as born in Russia instead of Ukraine (mistake?)Additional evidences of riot police using forbiddenweapons against protesters showing up.Dmytro Bulatov gives a press conference in Vilnus.Euromaidan guards stop the pro-government gangwith intention to dismount the barricades.Court of Cherkasy forbids any protests due to infection. Photos of Bulatov’s injuries
  • 34. Status (evening Feb 10, 2014) 34Gang of armed activists “For clean Kyiv” with russiansymbolic ribbons of Saint George ( ) come to Kyivcentre to disassemble the barricades. Met by hundredsof smiling Euromaidan guards, leave the area.Euromaidan guards find an abandoned room near theMaidan with lots of computers and video-records ofEuromaidan activists. Have signs of possible explosivespreparation. The building belongs to the “Graal” companyconnected to the Minister of Education Dmytro Tabachnyk.Solidarity demonstration in the Maidan to support theRussian TV channel “Dozhd” (Rain) — removed from Russian TV networks forshowing the Euromaidan objectively.Parliament continues to ignore People’s demand to adopt the old version ofConstitution 2004 limiting the president’s credentials.Protection of barricadesSupport of the “Dozhd” TV
  • 35. Status (evening Feb 12, 2014) 35Monitors in public transport of Crimea start showing advertisements accusingopposition and Euromaidan leaders of extremism and betrayal. Politicians askingRussian Federation for military support in Crimea.Ukrainian hryvnya devaluated by 20% already.Auto of a Euromaidan activist in Rivne burnt at night.Ruling Party of Regions fraction in Lviv self-dismissed.Journalist investigation proves that police lets rich peopleinside the prohibited zone to the luxury boutique.Government doesn’t follow the adopted amnesty law,releasing innocent protesters only under house arrest with15-year imprisonment threat.Youtube blocks the channel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs due tooverwhelming complaints on publication of misleading and abusing information.Surveillance video of burningLuxury boutique investigation
  • 36. Status (night Feb 14, 2014) 36Official report of the court about a sniper working on the Grushevs’kogo Str.NAFTOGAS limits gas supply to 11 regions that have active protests on thewest and centre. Largest debts in eastern regions.Strike of the trolleybus drivers in Luhans’k due to nosalary for over 4 months.Billboards with anti-Euromaidan propaganda in Crimea.EU representative Jeffrey Luebbe beaten in Simferopol (Crimea)for expressing support of the Euromaidan.Euromaidan and Automaidan activist Serhiy Synenko burnt inhis car in Zaporizhghya.Football fans of numerous Ukrainian clubs announce temporary peace to unitefor support of Euromaidan.
  • 37. Status (evening Feb 16, 2014) 37Ministry of Internal Affairs denies participation of Berkutofficers in brutal destroying of civilian vehicles.Video clearly refutes this statement.Trainers of multiple schools of martial arts supportEuromaidan. Organise free trainings for the protesters.Demonstration of Automaidan in Chicago.Demonstration supporting Euromaidan in St. Petersburg.Tatars community in Crimea express readiness to resistseparatist pro-Russian movements in the region.Pro-government news channel Podrobnosti postsmessages in the official Twitter channel: “We are the mostdeceitful news” and “D.V. Firtash, sorry, you don’t haveenough money on the account to continue lying in this blog”Berkut crashing civilian carAutomaidan in Chicago
  • 38. Summary of the protests 387 people dead 1 policeman dead? ? ???.??.19?? – 22-25.01.2014?Dozens reported missing + Morgues report unidentified bodies = Dead?Why do not people stop the protests… What do people call EU and US for…Price of democracy People of Ukraine ask the world for support
  • 39. Status (afternoon Feb 18, 2014) 39Ministry of Internal Affairs removes accusation fromseveral activists.Young girls painted military trucks used by securityforces as barricades.Protestors block the building of Parliament demandingsatisfaction of the requirements of Euromaidan.Mobilisation of medicine personnel announced in thecentre of Kyiv.Snipers captured in the centre of Kyiv.Painted military trucksBlocking of the ParliamentSnipers in KyivWitnesses report about snipers shooting in a protester andthen shooting in a security force officer causing a start of theWAR IN UKRAINE
  • 40. Status (evening Feb 18, 2014) 40Police starts an attack of the protestors using batons,shotguns. Snipers shooting people from the roofs.Security forces burn 1-st and 9-th floor of the fieldhospital building with doctors and injured people inside.People being killed by precise shots in head and neck.Security forces using automatic guns including AK-47.People all over Ukraine assaulting security forces, policebuildings. In Kmelnytskyj woman shot from AK-47.People burn the military truck to limit visibility for snipers.Protestors coming to Kyiv to give support. Police blocksall entrances to Kyiv. Underground blocked.Security forces in few cities support protestors.Snipers on the roofBurning field hospitalBattle in the Instytutska Str.
  • 41. Status (evening Feb 19, 2014) 4120+ people killed. 600+ people injured. Electricity switched off in the centre.Many people trapped in the field hospital building due to fallen floors, that wereburnt by security forces. People burned alive.People block buses with security forces/payed thugs on roads all over Ukraine.Ukrainian skier Bohdana Matsyots’ka left Sochi Olympic Games to protestagainst the Ukrainian government.After meeting with Yanukovych Klitschko claims that the president doesn’tadequately treat the situation demanding that people go home.Battles in the centre of Kyiv suspended while snipers continue shooting peopleand new forces coming to Kyiv.Yanukovych changes the head of military forces of Ukraine to Yuriy Il’yin whowould execute his orders to act against people.
  • 42. Status (afternoon Feb 20, 2014) 4230 000+ people in the Independence Square in Kyivpreparing the barricades waiting for the new assault.Dozens of police units become hostages of protestors.Dozens on deaths every hour from sniper attacks onunarmed people with only helmets/shields/sticks.People block trains with security forces coming to Kyiv.Underground starts working.Deputies massively leaving Kyiv through the VIP terminalin Zhulyany airport with large bags full of money.Minister of Internal Affairs asks people to leave the area.Announces that security forces are officially allowed touse deadly weapons after 70+ shot dead already.Independence SquareCruel sniper attacksSnipers/automatic guns
  • 43. Status (evening Feb 20, 2014) 43People building the wall in the Independence Square usingbricks from sidewalks.People bringing tons of food to help those in the battle.Deputies of the Party of Regions start leaving it.Building the wall~700 of “titushky” arrive to fight against people.USA applies sanctions against some Ukrainian politicians.New majority formed in the Ukrainian Parliament votingfor stopping the fire by all security forces, returning themBlocking of trainsto the places of permanent dislocation.Security forces started to throw grenades and shoot more intensively after theadoption of the resolutions.“Titusuhki” armed with guns, shooting people, crash shops, ambulances.
  • 44. Status (evening Feb 21, 2014) 44Yanukovych signs the peaceful agreement with the opposition. Acknowledged byEuropean delegation. Russia doesn’t sign.Group of police units armed with automatic guns enter the Parliament. Deputieslead them out. Polish delegate claims that Yanukovych was ready to use army forcleaning up the centre of Kyiv.All the security forces urgently leave Kyiv very fast, leaving lots of ammunition.The Minister of Internal Affairs, Vitaliy Zakharchenko leftto Belorussia. Many deputies left to eastern Ukraine, Russia.Requiem for the victims held in the Independence Square.Requiem in KyivPeople are suspicious about the opposition leaders. Are absolutely not satisfiedby the agreement with Yanukovych. Demand dismissal and punishment ofYanukovych, all people responsible for beating and killing people in last 3 months.The governor of Kharkiv plans a meeting of deputies of eastern regions.
  • 45. Status (afternoon Feb 22, 2014) 45The guards of the Maidan with journalists arrive to thepresident’s residence left empty without any security.Looks like people were escaping quickly.Neighbours saw dozens of buses being stacked withstuff and leaving the residence in a hurry.The house is empty. Many luxury leftovers (icons, goldcoins, old paintings, antique vases) in the garage.Look like it didn’t fit in the bus.Multiple heaps of burned papers, documents. Somethrown out in the lake. Saved documents show thereceipts of hundred million dollar cash transfers.Lots of guns, automatic guns, rifles, bullets found on thebottom of the lake.Leftovers in the residenceDocuments in the residenceWeapons in the residence
  • 46. Status (evening Feb 22, 2014) 46Julia Tymoshenko released from the prison. Urgentlytransported to the Euromaidan stage in Kyiv.Tymoshenko delivered a prepared speech in front ofprotestors. Reported about the plan to immediatelyTymoshenko releasedreturn to politics and “to protect” the whole Ukraine.Majority of people are offended, do not believe her, considering all the lies andcrimes she committed while being in politics.People don’t want to see Tymoshenko in politics. Express great complaints aboutactions of the new government. In particular – giving priority to release ofTymoshenko instead of actual releasing all the illegally arrested activists,investigation of all the deaths, punishment of people responsible for ~100 deaths.Russian politicians express suspicious willingness to work with Tymoshenko,unlike they were before, when opposition was represented by other people.
  • 47. Status (evening Feb 23, 2014) 47Yanukovych makes an announcement denying to resign,calling protestors extremists, calling for stopping theseparatist actions. Nobody can find the president.Documents with detailed descriptions of plans of theAutopark of Yanukovychattacks, including special forces, snipers made public.People find wide animals on the territory of the president’sresidence used for hunting, garage full of luxury cars.Heads of the Kharkiv, who threatened protestors withcruel reprisal, return to the city after escaping the daybefore. Look very confident.Demonstration in KerchPoliticians and pro-Russian public organisation in Crimea initiate separatistmeetings with Russian flags. Meetings against separation of Crimea form as well.Pro-Russian demonstrants destroy Ukrainian flags in several cities.
  • 48. Status (evening Feb 24, 2014) 48Video appears demonstrating police units armed withautomatic guns, sniper rifles, shooting people.The new Minister of Internal Affairs, Avakov reports thatYanukovych can’t be found. Part of his guards left him. Wastrying to leave Ukraine on the airplane but the militaryplane was flying around and not letting him.According to the TV channel ATR, Yanukovych is hiding inthe Russian military base in Sevastopol, Crimea.The residence of the attorney general’s house visitedby activists shows the same level of crazy luxury.4 deputies of the Russian Parliament arrive to Simpferopol.Witnesses report about Russian military cars in Crimea.People not satisfied by cheating of the new government.Armed security forcesResidence of the attorneyRussian deputies
  • 49. Status (evening Feb 25, 2014) 49Journalists captured many military cars with Russianlicense plates entering the Russian sanatorium in Yalta.Euromaidan guards found 2 “titushky”. They told that:• were paid 400 hryvnias (~50 USD)Russian army in Yalta• had to participate in pro-government demonstrations• asked to take photos of people supporting Euromaidan• one cried, told that he was cheated and usedPeople from Lviv (western Ukraine) announce an action:Action of solidaritywill speak Russian to support people from the eastern UkrainePeople from Donetsk (eastern Ukraine) announce that they will speak Ukrainianto show solidarity with people from western and central Ukraine.People are very disappointed by the new government working on the electioncampaigns, residence of Yanukovych and adopting laws that support separatism.
  • 50. Status (evening Feb 26, 2014) 50One of the protestors gives an interview. Tells that hisfriend personally saw “titushky” cutting off heads of 2protestors, scalping 1 protestor. Video appears with aman without head.People and journalists come to the house of Tsaryov,deputy of the Party of Regions. Do not dare to enterbecause of snipers on the roofs.Set of signets found in of the offices of the Party ofRegions. Could be used for falsification in the regionalprecincts during the president election campaigns.Activists dismantled the fence around the building of theParliament in Kyiv.Journalists claim that people have shot Andriy Kluyev.Man without headTsaryov’s residenceSignets in the office
  • 51. Status (evening Feb 28, 2014) 51Military armed with lots of weapon occupied buildingsof the Parliament and government in Crimea. Raised theRussian flag over it. Do not listen to local police.Evidences of Russian army units movements through theterritory of Crimea. Russia calls it the planned trainings.Should notify 72 hours in advance according to agreement.Yanukovych gives a press-conference in Rostov-na-Donu(Russia), doesn’t accept the new government in Ukraine.Asks Vladimir Putin to restore order in Ukraine.Militaries without identification signs occupy internationalairport Bel’bek in Crimea. Military helicopters coming.Russian army blocks numerous military units of Ukraineall over Crimea.Situation in CrimeaYanukovych press-conferenceMilitary helicopters
  • 52. Status (evening Mar 1, 2014) 52Leader of the pro Russian party, Aksyonov – illegallyassigned as the minister of Crimea. After assigning thecitizen of Russia as a mayor of Sevastopol.People are threatened by myths about extremists comingfrom centre/west to kill people. Russian passports issued.Militaries forbid journalists to record them, threat toshoot. Take the memory cards away.Pro Russian activist occupy the building of the regionaladministration in Kharkiv, occupied by Euromaidanactivist before. Two activists killed. Ukrainian writer beaten.The State Council of Russian Federation officially givespermission to Vladimir Putin to garrison Russian militaryforces in Ukraine.Russian militaries hide facesRussian army in CrimeaOccupation of administration
  • 53. Status (evening Mar 2, 2014) 53Ukraine asks NATO, USA and EU for support in resolvingthe conflict with Russia. All they officially agree that theactions of Russia are unacceptable and should be stopped.Photos show that the man who had put Russian flag overthe Administration building in Kharkiv is a citizen ofMoscow, Russia who disappeared afterwards.Russian militaries block military airport Belbeck andother military units. Trying to disarm Ukrainian army.Numerous protests in Russia against military intrusioninto Ukraine. Police arrests 300+ antiwar protestors.Protest all over Ukraine, including eastern regions andCrimea against intrusion of Russian army.Same people noticed in distant pro-Russian meetings.Russian citizen with flagBlockade by Russian soldiersArrests of Russian protestors
  • 54. Status (evening Mar 3, 2014) 54Russia strengthens the informational war against Ukraine.Explains the military intrusion in Ukraine by numerousfalse statements about danger to lives of Russian citizens.Numerous journalists compare V.Putin to Stalin andHitler due to his aggression against peaceful Ukraine.Largest Crimean TV channel went off the air because ofthreats to lives of the journalists.Russian jet fighters illegally crossed Ukrainian aerialborders twice. Intercepted by Ukrainian jets.V.Yanukovych appealed to Russian president V.Putin touse Russian army on the territory of Ukraine.Few Russian military trucks crossed the border withUkraine. Soldiers seized Ukrainian border post.About actions of PutinRussia vs Ukraine (Crimea)
  • 55. Summary of the battle 55In 3 days (Feb. 18-20, 2014):Regime of Yanukovych overturn.Most of people responsible for killing people have escaped.New opposition government doesn’t act in the interests of the people.New voting in Parliament is not transparent. Important issues not covered at all.100+ people dead 1000+ people injuredVideo covering 3 days of war in Ukraine Clip devoted to those who have diedThree Days Of War Heaven hundred
  • 56. Notable Politically Exposed Persons of Ukraine 56Viktor YanukovychPresident, the onlyperson in history ofUkraine to ignite protests of1 million people (2004, 2013, ?)Oleksandr YanukovychSon of the PresidentParliamentarian,Billionaire, (Dentist)Mykola AzarovFormerPrime Minister(Resigned)Andriy KluyevParliamentarian,BillionaireSerhiy KluyevSecretary of theNational Defence andSecurity Council,BillionaireSerhiy ArbuzovCurrentPrime Minister,former Head of theNational Bank of UkraineOleksandr YefremovParliamentarian,Head of theParty of the RegionsOleksandr KlymenkoHead of theTax AdministrationRinat AkhmetovFormerParliamentarian,Billionaire(Ukraine’s richest man)
  • 57. YOU CAN HELP1. Get informed, stay informed. Don’t take our word for it, do your research.How to Explain What’s Happening in UkraineWhat’s Happening in Ukraine and Why It Matters Revolution in Kiev, UkraineWhy 1 Million Ukrainians Are Protesting spilno.tv Live streaming from Ukraine2. Get connected: EUROMAYDAN EnglishMaidan GRMaidan3. Share with friends. Tell your government.4. Support independent media in Ukraine and around the world.Ukrainians need international support to overcome the violations of basichuman rights, the rule of law and the Ukrainian Constitution57
  • 58. Appendix: Why “titushky”? 58Name originates from the last name of Vadym Titushko - martial art fighter:Captured while beating journalists of 5 Kanal on May 18, 2013Was one of dozens of fighters paid by government to intimidate protestersSince then, every massive protest in Ukraine is accompanied by gangs of suchthugs who beat people, provoke fights and arrests.Titushki are never arrested by police. Complaints about them are ignored.Often unemployed, some with criminal history.Usually are of age 17-30 years old.Payed with USD 15-80 per completed task.Unlike real protesters always hide faces from cameras.Vadym Titushko & othersHave been used as pro-government demonstrators in December of 2013.
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