Where is the investigation into last week’s carnage?
EuroMaidan SOS has publically called on Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to provide answers regarding the apparent lack of investigation into the shooting of protesters on 19 and 20 February
Titushki and Bercut riot police on the attack
The regime’s deployment of “titushki” urgently needs to be clearly recorded and communicated to the international community as demonstration that calls for “all parties” to show restraint are missing the point and manifestly not enough
Berkut snipers aimed at protesters
The first reports that Berkut riot police were positioned on roofs and aiming rubber bullets and grenades at protesters came early on Tuesday, with two of the injured women simply taking part in the procession
Waiting for more bloodshed?
The only charges brought against officials over the brutal dispersing of peaceful protesters on Nov 30 last year have been dropped, turning exchanges of assurances and demands for accountability into a dangerously empty ritual.
Kirovohrad AutoMaidan activist stripped of his license for 6 months
On Feb 12 judge Iryna Zahreba from the Kirovsk District Court in Kirovohrad prohibited AutoMaidan activst Vitaly Koval from driving for half a year in the latest of a number of template rulings throughout the country against peaceful protesters and civic activists
UMDPL: Сherkasy police infringed all regulations
Volodymyr Batchaev from the Association of Ukrainian Human Rights Monitors of Law Enforcement can see no grounds for most of the detentions in Cherkasy and is scathing in his assessment of police behaviour
SBU finds plans to “seize power” in opposition party’s server
Both the police and security service [SBU] have effectively accused the opposition Batkivshchyna of planning the Kyiv protests in advance [as per the Interior Ministry] or, in the SBU rendition “carrying out actions aimed at seizing state power”
Strasbourg gives priority consideration to EuroMaidan protester’s application
Igor Sirenko asserts that he was beaten up by special police units during a violent dispersal of protesters and then unlawfully detained on 30 November 2013
Uncompromising commitment to police state tactics
Western reports of major concessions from Yanukovych are misleading. It is excellent that the Jan 16 anti-protest laws were revoked, however repressive police measures had already been slipped in through ministerial or Cabinet of Ministers decrees, and the president then played a key role in hijacking the adoption of a real amnesty law
New Order on Berkut riot police powers comes into force
None of the powers now formalized in an order registered with the Justice Ministry has not been used over the last months, however any legitimacy for a unit which has so compromised itself seems at best inappropriate
Reports of plans for massive increase in Berkut riot police numbers
Dzerkalo Tyzhnya reports that according to its information the numbers in special force Grifon and Berkut units are to be increased to 30 thousand men, and the powers of special force units within the Interior Ministry extended.
Ukrainian Police Counter-Offensive
A day after the shocking video footage above of police ill-treatment of a captive protester and in the wake of other damning reports, the police are alleging attacks on their officers and pointing the finger at EuroMaidan activists
AutoMaidan activists ambushed, leader still missing
More AutoMaidan activists have been found in Kyiv police stations following the events of Wednesday night which singer Ruslana has called “brazen and unconcealed terror on the streets of Kyiv.” Chillingly it is now well over 24 hours since any contact with Dmytro Bulatov, one of the leaders of the AutoMaidan movement.
Berkut undress and beat activist in freezing temperatures
A video posted on YouTube shows Berkut riot police and other officers in black Interior Forces uniform undressing and humilating a man detained on Hrushevsky St. Caught on video, the police have "apologised"
Vradiyivka: All the promises prove empty
The investigations initiated after the events in Vradiyivka shook the country and scared the authorities in July have been terminated
Police told to show the orders to use force against peaceful protesters
In a positive move, the District Administrative Court has agreed that the Interior Ministry must show orders and other documentation regarding the use of Berkut riot police. On a more negative note it has rejected equally legitimate demands for information from others including the Prosecutor General and the ambulance service.
Full-Frontal Offensive against Road Control
A Road Control activist has been shot and injured, and his car set alight in the latest attack on people from this civic watchdog which monitors the work of the traffic police.
OZON, the civic initiative monitoring freedom of peaceful assembly has observed small groups of men apparently in police uniform but with only the word police itself, with no way of identifying either the unit that the person is from or the person’s name and rank
Road Control journalist detained
In a move which is either badly mistimed or deliberately chosen to spark trouble, the police have detained Road Control journalist Andriy Dzyndzya and an MP’s assistant and are refusing to allow lawyers or MPs in to see them raising fears that the men may have been beaten