Kiev snipers hired by Maidan leaders – leaked EU’s Ashton phone tape

Published time: March 05, 2014 12:41                                                                                            Edited time: March 05, 2014 13:11

An anti-government protester sit near the bodies of two demonstrators killed by a sniper during clashes with the police in the center of Kiev on February 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)An anti-government protester sit near the bodies of two demonstrators killed by a sniper during clashes with the police in the center of Kiev on February 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online.

“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the  snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new  coalition,” Paet said during the conversation.

“I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that  up, that’s interesting. Gosh,” Ashton answered.

The call took place after Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet  visited Kiev on February 25 at the peak of clashes between the  pro-EU protesters and security forces in the Ukrainian capital.

    Met in Kiev with deputy speaker of Rada and head of Regions  Party fraction. It is important to form quickly new government.

— Urmas Paet (@Urmaspaet) February    25, 2014

  Paet also recalled his conversation with a doctor who treated  those shot by snipers in Kiev. She said that both protesters and  police were shot at by the same people.

“And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga  [Bogomolets] told as well that all the evidence shows that the  people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among  policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the  same snipers killing people from both sides,” the Estonian  FM stressed.

Ashton reacted to the information by saying: “Well,  yeah…that’s, that’s terrible.”

“So that she then also showed me some photos she said that as  a medical doctor she can say that it is the same handwriting, the  same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that now the new  coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly  happened,” Paet said.

The file was reportedly uploaded to the web by officers of  Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) loyal to ousted President Viktor Yanukovich who hacked Paet’s and Ashton’s phones.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

http://rt.com/news/ashton-maidan-snipers-estonia-946/

This is coming from an Estonian Foreign Minister though at this point in the story it’s all alledged…

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