Three years ago, mercenary snipers from Georgia fired on protesters on Maidan Square. Today, their guilt has been proven in court in Kiev. The attorney of ex-president Yanukovych revealed the story of the people who got paid for mass murder. There is footage of the massacre among the evidence. The mercenaries even agreed to testify in court.
Alexander Balitsky with the details.
- Are you ready to testify in court via a Skype conference call?
Alexander Revazishvili: Yes, we are.
Signing the statement in front of a webcam, they claim they're ready to testify in Ukrainian court. The only condition—they're going to testify via video link from Armenia, where they fled to. Alexander Revazishvili and Koba Nergadze are citizens of Georgia. They participated in the Maidan protests and they promise to name the person who ordered the snipers to shoot four years ago. Their testimony, along with a request to question the mercenaries as witnesses, have already been sent to a Kiev court by their attorney.
Alexander Goroshinsky, attorney: "Their goal was to instigate a conflict between the protesters and law enforcement using firearms. Witness Koba Nergadze was at the Ukrayina Hotel and saw snipers firing at both protesters as well as law enforcement officers".
Everything Goroshinsky is saying live on Ukrainian TV Revazishvili and Nergadze had already said in the investigative documentary Ukraine: The Hidden Truth. It was shown by Italian documentary makers a month ago. It featured shocking confessions by Georgian mercenaries. There were 50 of them, each one an experienced sniper. They were smuggled to Ukraine by Saakashvili's associate, Mamuka Mamulashvili, a future leader of the Georgian Legion fighting in Donbass.
Alexander Revazishvili, mercenary: "Our objective was to aggressively provoke the Berkut, to drive them mad".
Koba Nergadze, mercenary: "It wasn't important where we shot, be it a tree or barricades or those who were hurling Molotov cocktails. Our goal was to keep shooting to create chaos".
The subject had already been brought up in the past, but Saakashvili called it a provocation. Maybe that's the reason he's still there? The mercenaries confessed to the Italian reporters that their operation on the Maidan was coordinated by the current government of Ukraine. Pashinsky, a member of Verkhovna Rada, and its current chairman, Parubiy, were both seen with the snipers. Alexander Revazishvili: "Pashinsky had a Kalashnikov with a folding stock".
Revazishvili, Nergadze, and Zalogi Kvartsehelia, whose confession is also in the film, claim they didn't shoot. They explained to Goroshinsky why they decided to speak out now.
Alexander Goroshinsky: “A public testimony would ensure their safety, because they claim that some of their fellow mercenaries have already gone missing".
This evidence can bury the current official version of the Maidan massacre, which focuses on blaming the Berkut troops for the murder of dozens of people. Next week, the court will decide whether or not they should question the Georgians. The Prosecutor General’s Office made a predictable statement - the confession of the Legionaries is not worth their attention.
Alexander Balitsky, Ilgiz Hakimov Vesti