Addressing the U.S. Security Council on March 13, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin criticized those who manipulate individual principles and norms of international law out of context. “It is clear that the implementation of the right of self-determination in the form of separation from the existing state is an extraordinary measure,” he said. “In Crimea such a case apparently arose as a result of a legal vacuum, which emerged as a result of an unconstitutional, violent coup d’état carried out in Kiev by radical nationalists, as well as direct threats by the latter to impose their order on the whole territory of Ukraine,” Russia Today reported Thursday.
Churkin also said that “Acts of violence perpetrated in Kiev need a careful international investigation,” adding that, “according to the latest published information, shooting came from the headquarters of the so-called ‘Maidan Commandant’ who now heads the Security Council of Ukraine.”
Ambassador Churkin was referring to Ukraine’s self-proclaimed National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy, a founder of the Social Nationalist Party, and to spectacular revelations about his role featured in an interview with former Ukraine security service (SBU) head Gen. Aleksander Yakimenko, in an interview also published Thursday by Russia Today. What follows is that part of the interview, for the rest click here.
Q: How did you manage to escape?
Aleksandr Yakimenko: I am a Security Service officer.
Q: Where did those snipers come from?
AY: First, shots were fired from the Philharmonic building. Maidan Commandant Parubiy was in charge of the building. On February 20, this building was used as a base by the snipers and people with automatic weapons. They basically covered those who were attacking the demoralized policemen running in panic, hunted down like animals. They were followed by armed people with different kinds of weapons. At that point, somebody opened fire at those who attacked the police, and some of them were killed. All this fire was coming from the Philharmonic building. After this first round of fire, about 20 people came out of this building—this was witnessed by many. These people wore special combat clothes and carried sniper rifle cases, as well as AKMs with scopes. There were witnesses, and not just our operatives, but also Maidan activists from Svoboda, Right Sector, Batkivshchyna, and UDAR.
The snipers split into two groups—ten men each. The Security Service lost track of one of the groups. The other group took a position at the Ukraine hotel. Killings continued. In the beginning, when the shots were scattered, I was asked by Right Sector and Svoboda to mobilize a Special Forces unit and remove the snipers from the buildings.
Q: They asked you?
AY: Yes, Right Sector and Svoboda. I was ready to do that, but I needed Parubiy’s [he is now now the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine in the Turchinov-Yatsenyuk government] permission to enter Maidan. Otherwise our officers would’ve been attacked by the self-defense forces in the back. Parubiy didn’t give such permission. No weapons could be brought to Maidan without Parubiy’s permission. Hand guns, rifles, scopes—he had to agree to all of that. We had some intel about discharged Ukrainian army special forces participating in those activities. Some reports claimed that these were fighters from former Yugoslavia, as well as mercenaries from other countries.
Q: So, you think they were mercenaries?
AY: No doubt. Parubiy removed himself from the picture. This affected the events of the last week. He joined Poroshenko. Gvozd, Malamuzh, and Gritsenko. These forces did what they were told by their bosses—the US. They basically lived in the embassy. They were there every day….