Ukraine Interior Ministry was ‘uncooperative and obstructive’ in Maidan crimes probe – EU report

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Burning car tires set on fire on Independence Square (Maidan) in Kiev by Maidan activists protesting the removal of barricades and a tent camp from the square (RIA Novosti / Alexandr Maksimenko)

The report specifically concentrated on the investigation of violent acts during the three months of Maidan demonstrations: Violent dispersal of the protest by Berkut riot police on November 30, 2013, clashes on January 22, 2014, which resulted in the first deaths of protesters, and February 18-21, 2014, the deadliest days of the Kiev protests.

Before the February 2014 coup, “there was no genuine attempt to pursue investigations,” said a document by the International Advisory Panel. The panel was established by the Council of Europe to review investigations into the violent incidents during the Maidan demonstrations.