‘Shoot at All Targets on Maidan’: New Evidence of Georgian Snipers

‘Shoot at All Targets on Maidan’: New Evidence of Georgian Snipers BY ANDREI VESELOV Sputnik News

On February 20, 2014, unknown snipers shot at people gathered on Kiev’s central Maidan square killing 49 protesters and four police officers. Local opposition leaders, as well as US and EU representatives, were quick to point a finger at the “regime of Viktor Yanukovych.” Still, an official investigation failed to produce any results with the culprits still at large.

A Sputnik correspondent has met with the purported snipers, all of them from Georgia. They insist that they were taking orders from Maidan leaders. Moreover, they had direct orders to fire at police officers AND protesters in order to enrage the crowd and provoke a political crisis.

General Tristan Tsitelashvili, Alexander Revazishvili and Koba Nergadze. PHOTO: Sputnik, Stringer
General Tristan Tsitelashvili, the former commander of the Georgian Army’s elite Avaza unit, was the first to say that certain Georgian snipers were involved in the Maidan shooting. Tsitelashvili fought in Abkhazia and took part in the “five-day war” of August 2008, but later became a personal enemy of Mikheil Saakashvili, who tried to blame the military for his fiasco.

Tsitelashvili’s house was raided by police who arrested the general and seriously injured his little son. They tried to force him to admit to having played a role in an alleged “plot by generals” which purportedly resulted in Georgia’s defeat in the 2008 war. The general did not testify and has since been a sworn enemy of Saakashvili.

I knew already in 2014 about people from Georgia who were present on Maidan square with specific orders to shoot. Some of them served under my command in the Georgian army. Some are still in Ukraine, fighting, others returned to Georgia. They took their time to speak out because they were afraid to. They are still afraid because they can simply be eliminated as unwanted witnesses!

General Tristan Tsitelashvili
Protesters seen in the Independence Square, Kiev. PHOTO: Sputnik, Andrey Stenin
“People Called Us Sonderkommando”
Koba Nergadze is one of the people General Tsitelashvili had in mind.

A career officer in the Georgian army, in 2003-2004 he took part in a number of special operations in Ergeneti District, sandwiched between Georgia and South Ossetia.

“We were fighting smugglers. The region was divided into zones controlled by Georgian and Ossetian businessmen. Conflicts occasionally flared up, including real firefights with the Ossetian military. Our brigade suffered 11 or 12 people killed, I can’t say for sure. Overall, the Georgian army lost 45 people,” Nergadze said.

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