Fort Russ News — Nov 19, 2017
Ilgiornale.it, translated from Italian by Tom Winter
“What the hell happened?” Screen capture from video at source
The snipers’ version of the massacre in Kiev: “Orders from the opposition”
In Ukraine in 2014 80 people were killed. The accusations fall against the anti-Yanukovich front.
“Everyone started shooting two or three shots at a time. It went on for fifteen, twenty minutes. We had no selectivity. We were ordered to shoot both on the police and the demonstrators, without making any distinction.
“I was totally outraged.”
So Georgian Alexander Revazishvilli remembers the tragic shootout of February 20, 2014, in Kiev when a group of mysterious snipers opened fire on crowds and police, massacring over 80 people.
That massacre horrified the world and changed the destiny of Ukraine by forcing the flight of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, who got accused of organizing the shootout. But the massacre also changed the fates of Europe and our country, triggering the crisis that would lead to the sanctions against Putin’s Russia. Sanctions that brought a boomerang against the Italian economy (Watch the video).
But the confessions of Revazishvilli and two other Georgians — gathered by writers in the documentary “Ukraine, the hidden truths” airing tonight at 23.30 on Matrix, Channel 5 — reveal a different and disconcerting truth. The truth of a massacre that was carried out by the same opposition that accused Yanukovych and his Russian allies.
Revazishvilli and his two companions — interviewed in the documentary — are a former member of the security services of ex Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and two former militants of his own party. Hired in Tbilisi by Mamuka Mamulashvili, Saakashvili’s military adviser, they were assigned to support – along with other Georgian and Lithuanian volunteers – ongoing demonstrations in Kiev in return for a $5,000 final fee.
Equipped with fake passports, they arrived in Ukraine to coordinate demonstrations and provoke the Ukrainian police, initially without using weapons. The weapons come arrived on February 18 and were distributed to the various Georgian and Lithuanian groups by Mamulashvili and other leaders of the Ukrainian opposition.
“There were three or four weapons in each bag, there were Makarov guns, Akm guns, rifles, and packs of cartridges.” The following day Mamulashvili and the leaders of the protest explained to volunteers that they would face a police assault at the Conservatory building and at the Ukrainian hotel. In that case – he says – we must shoot at the square and sow chaos.
But one of the protagonists confesses to having received another explanation, much more comprehensive. “When Mamulashvili arrived, I also asked him. If things get complicated, should we start shooting – he replied that we can not go to the upcoming presidential elections. But who should we shoot? “I asked. He replied that who and where did not matter, you had to shoot anywhere where just to sow chaos.”
“It did not matter if we fired at a tree, or a barricade, or at somebody with a molotov. confirms another volunteer – what counted was sowing confusion. I heard the screams,” confessed Alexander – “there were dead and injured. My first and only thought was to get out in a hurry before they caught up with me. Otherwise, they would tear me to pieces. Someone was already shouting that there were snipers.”
Four years later Alexander and his two companions reported that they had not yet received the slightest reward and had also decided to tell the truth about those who used them and abandoned them.
“At that time I did not realize, I didn’t get it, then I understood. We’ve been used. Used and stuck. “