Kiev snipers hired by Maidan leaders: leaked Ashton phone tape

Kiev snipers hired by Maidan leaders: leaked Ashton phone tape
Thu Mar 6, 2014 10:57:54

A leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Paet, which has emerged online, shows that snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders.

“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” Urmas Paet said during the conversation.

“I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting. Gosh,” Ashton answered.

The call took place after Estonia’s Paet visited Kiev on February 25, following the peak of clashes between the pro-EU protesters and security forces in the Ukrainian capital.

“And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets, Ukrainian physician,] told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides,” the Estonian FM stressed.

Ashton reacted to the information by saying: “Well, yeah…that’s, that’s terrible.”

“So that she then also showed me some photos she said that as a medical doctor she can say that it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened,” Paet said.

Olga Bogomolets was the main doctor for the Maidan mobile clinic when protests turned violent in Kiev. She treated the gravely injured and helped organized their transportation to neighboring countries, who had expressed a willingness to treat those with severe wounds. From the outset, Olga blamed the injuries and deaths on snipers. She turned down the position of vice prime minister of Ukraine for humanitarian affairs offered by the coup-appointed regime.

The Estonian FM has described the whole sniper issue as “disturbing” and added, “it already discredits from the very beginning” the new Ukrainian power.

94 people were killed and another 900 injured during the standoff between police and protesters at Maidan Saquare in Kiev last month.


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