The Daily Beast states that these exclusive photographs show what really happened on the bloody February 20, when dozens of protesters were slaughtered in the Maidan and Instytutskaya street.
The pictures show members of a crack anti-terrorist unit known as the Alfa Team in the courtyard of the headquarters of Ukraine’s feared state security service, the SBU, preparing themselves for battle. This team was trained by Russians, journalist Jamie Dettmer states.
Many of the 53 people slain died from clean shots to the head or neck—telltale wounds inflicted by expert marksmen; while others were gunned down at closer quarters by less expert assassins armed with AK-47 assault rifles, the paper stresses.
‘The unique photographs and 90 gigabytes of video material shared with The Daily Beast provide strong evidence that the massacre in the Maidan was in fact a vicious and clinical assault ordered by the pro-Russian Yanukovych regime and executed by its arch loyalists. But that has not prevented the Kremlin from attempting to orchestrate its own narrative of events.
In a phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently complained about the “rampage of extremists who are committing acts of intimidation towards peaceful residents, government authorities and law enforcement agencies in various regions and in Kyiv with impunity”,’ the article says.
On March 21 Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office announced that the snipers who were shooting protesters were identified. Still, the officials have not make their names public yet.