The Ukrainian Sniper attacks in Maidan Square started on February 18, 2014 and continued until February 20, 2014 – Associated Press
On February 18, 2014 a member of Ukraine’s Parliament, Sergei Pashinsky, was stopped by protesters who searched his car. They found a custom AR-15 rifle equipped with a suppressor in his trunk. He was allowed to leave with it. 112. UA News.
That the Ukrainian government deployed snipers against Protesters is undisputed.
However, some of the sniper attacks are confirmed to originate from the protester controlled Hotel Ukraine, provided by: Guardian Reporter Katerryna Kruk, Protest Leader Arseny Yatssenyuk(at 11:21), Guardian Reporters Ian Traynor and Harriet Salem, and BBC Reporter Gabriel Gatehouse (at 2:56):
Both sides agree that protesters were shot from the protester controlled Ukraine Hotel. During the attacks, protest leader Arseniy Yatssenyuk publicly blamed government agents for the sniper attacks. His story’s credibility is challenged by multiple news videos depicting protesters possessing long range rifles, Russia Today and BBC, in the video above.
While the protesters claim they were unarmed at the time of the attacks, multiple videos demonstrate this is simply untrue.
In January 2014, the Protesters had a giant slingshot and there were reports of a catapult:
The Protesters Also deployed Improvised Rockets at the Police:
And Deployed Advanced Molotov Cocktails:
In the aftermath of the Maidan Sniper Attacks Etonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, in a leaked phone call, reported he received information questioning the government’s responsibility for the sniper attacks. The source of this information, according to him, was Olga Boromolets,who said the snipers were targeting police as well as protesters. In response, the Telegraph reports Dr. Boromolets denied treating any government police, in a written statement. Yet, on February 20, 2014, in a CNN interview, Olga stated that she treated both Military and Burkut personnel.
So did Dr. Olga Boromolets lie to CNN or did she lie to the Telegraph?
Shortly after Yanukovych government and Opposition leadership reached an agreement, Dmytro Yarosh, Head of the Right Sector condemned it and promised the revolt would continue.
Many protesters believed the false Sniper killing story (at 1:38), unifying the movement behind Yarosh. The sniper killing narrative was so widely believed that members of government (from local police officers to national leaders) defected to the protest movement, providing the falsehood credibility and international sympathy.
Volodymyr Parasiuk also believed the false story (at 4:30) that Yanukovych was solely responsible for the sniper attacks. When opposition leader, Klitschko, presented the agreement to the protesters, Parasiuk took the mic from him and pleaded with the protesters to refuse it, because of the false narrative.
The protest became an open revolt. However, the majority of protester violence was from Right Sector members. This was reported by RT at (3:08) and later confirmed by the spokesman for the Right Sector itself. (at 1:07)
Even though an agreement was reached, the protest leadership appeared to use the false story to incite violence against the government in order to stage a coup, which they did. While the Right Sector played a major part of the Protest, Arseniy Yatssenyuk was considered by many to be the main protest leader and public face of the protest.
There is now evidence the U.S. funded opposition may have used snipers against Ukrainian people while pushing the false propaganda narrative of government responsibility. It became a turning point in the Ukrainian Crisis.
It needs to be investigated independently. The Coup Government and the United States, given their involvement, should be barred from participating in the investigation in order for it to be seen as objective.
Once that investigation is completed, all involved, should be tried in the ICC.
In the words of Urmas Paet:
it already discredits from the very beginning this new coalition