Maidan Massacre

First documentary in series of "Ukraine on Fire" produced by Igor Lopatonok and directed by John Back Hoffman

The massacre of almost 50 Maidan protesters on February 20, 2014 was a turning point
in Ukrainian politics and a tipping point in the conflict between the West and Russia over
Ukraine. This mass killing of the protesters and the mass shooting of the police that preceded it
led to the overthrow of the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych and gave a start to a
civil war in Donbas in Eastern Ukraine, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and
an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. A conclusion promoted by
the post-Yanukovych governments and the media in Ukraine that the massacre was perpetrated
by government snipers and special police units on a Yanukovych order has been nearly
universally accepted by the Western governments, the media, and many scholars. The Ukrainian
government investigation identified members of the special company of Berkut as responsible
for killings of the absolute majority of the protesters, but did not release any evidence in support,
with the exception of videos of the massacre.
The question is which side organized the “snipers’ massacre.”???

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