Red Terror File: New SBU chief Nalyvaichenko maintains predecessor Yakymenko, previous Interior Minister Zakharchenko conspired with deposed president Yanukovych to employ Russian Federal Security Service snipers in “anti-terrorist” operation in Kiev’s Maidan protests; 26 FSB officers present at SBU shooting range in Dec. 2013; Ukraine’s crackdown against militants, saboteurs, provocateurs continues ahead of May vote; SBU arrests: 1) 12 ex-members of disbanded Berkut riot police, charged with murder in suppression of demonstrators; 2) 2 Russian citizens in W. city of Lviv charged with planning to abduct “several” Ukrainians, including unnamed presidential candidate, possessed electronic tablet with pics of regional, national politicians, family members
April 3, 2014
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Yanukovych issued the criminal order… to open fire against protesters on February 18-20. [Russian] FSB agents took part in both the planning and execution of the so-called anti-terrorist operation.
— Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s acting interior minister, statement made to reporters, April 3, 2014
Four times there were preparations for real [Russian] military operations in Ukraine, and four times they retreated. I think the Russians were waiting for mass protests and the storming of administrative buildings.
— Roman Svetan, security adviser to Donetsk Oblast’s pro-Kiev governor, March 31, 2014
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