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Snipers on Euromaidan. Another reality. The troubled face of Prawy Sektor

(BRUSSELS2, exclusive) The origin of the snipers during the February demonstrations continues to raise questions. A conversation between the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the High Representative of the EU had caused trouble. I had already given a first on-the-spot analysis, this conversation (read: Ukraine is also a communications and intelligence war). We must never forget who revealed this conversation: it was not journalists, but wiretaps carried out illegally, by a government engaged in the conflict.

Incomplete words

The Estonian Foreign Minister's main source was based on conversations he had with doctors involved in Euromaidan, notably Olga. The meaning of the entire conversation was detailed directly on the spot by her when I met her in kyiv. She never said that the snipers were from the opposition. But that many of the bullet victims had been deliberately targeted, with intent to kill, in the same process. These shots sometimes came from the top of the roofs of buildings held by the opposition. Which does not mean that it is the latter which is responsible for the shootings.

A disturbing absence in February from Prawy Sektor

Another element – ​​of which B2 was aware – must be included in the file. During the most violent clashes – when the snipers were present – ​​the elements of Prawy Sektor (extreme right *), who had been there in the first days, even going to the confrontation (February 17), going to the front or even to the provocation with the police, pushing them back were strangely not there on February 20 and 21, a manager of the civic sector of Euromaidan told me.

A troubling role

A fact which can be analyzed both in the sense of the investigation carried out by the German journalists (knowing that there were snipers, the Prawy Sektor did not come) but also differently. We can only wonder about the disturbing role of this small extreme party which systematically disrupts the democratic process, attacking here the director of national television, there a presidential candidate, to whom registrations are attributed neo-Nazis on certain buildings or cemeteries, etc.

Extreme… provocative

We will have to wonder if this group, or rather part of this group, is not quite simply “manipulated”, commissioned, to carry out some dirty work, provocation, and thus justify a whole speech made in particular in Moscow on Ukraine and kyiv in the hands of fascists and extremists. It remains to be seen by whom. Is it the work of men such as the current Ukrainian president (former Agit-Prop specialist and head of the Ukrainian secret services) or of Russia.

Extreme troop manipulation

This last hypothesis may seem counterproductive. But this is not the first time that Russia has used extreme movements to better justify certain repressive policies. The use of provocateurs is even a common practice, whether during the USSR or now. And it is rather in this direction that we should move.

The presence of special units of the FSB

Last interesting element to know to situate the context of the time. Russian special units came to reinforce the Ukrainian government forces (notably the SBU). Read : In February, a good team of the FSB and Russian intelligence on a “walk” in Kiev

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(*) Not to be confused with the Svoboda party. Amalgamation is often made. However, as much as Prawy Sektor is openly far-right, manifesting deliberate anti-semitism, even neo-Nazi; Svoboda is openly nationalist, but part of a democratic framework.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).