Disinfo: Upon Mikheil Saakashvili’s instructions, Georgian snipers opened fire on Maidan

Summary

Upon Mikheil Saakashvili’s instructions, Georgian snipers – Alexander Revazishvili, Koba Nergadze and Zalogi Kvaratskhelia – opened fire on the protesters rallying on Ukraine’s Maidan square on February 20, 2014.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the snipers on Maidan were Georgian receiving secret instructions from somewhere.

Further debunking by Myth Detector.

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  • Reported in: Issue 99
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/02/2018
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Country: Georgia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Euromaidan, Mikheil Saakashvili
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In February 2014, Victoria Nuland ordered American secret service to use snipers in Kyiv

This armed coup d’état [Ukrainian Revolution of Destiny] was organised directly by Victoria Nuland under the common protectorate of US Vice President Joe Biden and the US special services. It was, in many ways, because of her orders that these American specialists were leading snipers, who shot people at the Maidan.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has spread different versions of the identity of the snipers. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=snipers+&disinfo_issue=&date=, and www.polygraph.info/a/journalist-claims-georgian-mercenary-snipers-killed-civilians-during-maidan/28888892.html, Furthermore, the spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The vast majority of the protesters (up to two million at one time nationwide) consisted of peaceful Ukrainian citizens. www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_37844-1522-2-30.pdf?140612145651,

In Ukraine, Zaitseve, there is a war not against the Russian army but against the children and civilians of this village

I was particularly impressed by the visit to the village of Zaitseve. You know, there’s a war going on there. And there is a war not against the Russian Army, but against the children and civilians of this village. There are 1,200 people in the village of Zaitsevo now. And there are 200 children among them. And just 300 meters to the front line. And with me visiting it, the shelling occurred there. There were shelling on civilians. And we did not see any soldiers or Russian tanks, which are being reported about always and everywhere by Ukraine.

Disproof

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf. The statement was made in the NTV studio by a German local politician who visited Ukrainian territories of Donbas controlled by separatists supported by Russia. As a leader of the NGO ‘Volksdiplomatie’ (‘People's Diplomacy’), Andreas Maurer is advocating the annexation of Crimea by Moscow and calling for the abolition of sanctions imposed by the EU. In attempt to prove the report, Mr Maurer demonstrated photos of an unknown deserted ruins in the countryside (time-code 1:05:17) that caused strong criticism from a Ukrainian political analyst, who demanded substantive evidence and who was subsequently attacked by the show host (time-code 1:07:00).

The Western-backed coup in Ukraine has torn the country asunder

Four years ago this weekend, Ukraine’s democratically-elected, albeit deeply corrupt, government was overthrown in a Western-backed coup which set off a chain reaction of events, tearing one of Europe’s largest countries asunder. The “EuroMaidan” movement pledged to wipe out corruption, improve living standards and integrate Ukraine into the west. On all counts, it has failed miserably. The human toll of Maidan has also been extraordinary. Given the post-coup/revolution regime was dominated by western Ukrainians, an insurgency kicked off in the east and south, with ethnic-Russian locals fearful their culture would fall victim to nationalists. Thus, backed by varying degrees of Moscow support, Crimea, and parts of Lugansk and the Donbas separated from Ukraine. And while the former (where thousands of Russian troops were already legally stationed) enjoyed a smooth divorce, the latter pair have endured a horrible war, with over 10,000 deaths so far. No end appears to be in sight, as Kiev refuses to fulfil its obligations under the Minsk peace agreements, and Moscow shows few signs of softening its stance on how the deal must be implemented in full.

Disproof

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.