It was clear from the beginning that the protests in Kiev were not organised only by the people from Kiev. We have seen the Israeli ex-military who led part of the uprising and now we have even more proof: 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.
What is strange is that this comes as a surprise to Ashton. It proves one more time that most of the politicians live in their own ivory tower and have no idea what is really going on in the world we live in.
“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 organize 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.