24 October 2016

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Families of killed Euromaidan victims demand justice, prompt trial

A court hearing in the criminal case of the murder of Euromaidan protesters in central Kyiv Feb 18-20, 2014, took place in Kyiv this week. The accused are five former special police unit - Berkut members, who are charged with the killing of several dozen civilians, according to Ukraine Today.

During the previous court hearing in May, the court ruled to request the Russian Ministry of Justice to provide former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych for questioning via video-conference from a Russian court, Ukraine Today reported.

"The court filed a request to the Russian ministry of justice via Ministry of justice of Ukraine, said Oleksiy Donskiy, the State Prosecutor. “If they grant this request, then we will iron-out all the details on when and how this video conference will take place."

On February 18-20, 2014, more than 100 activists, who were protesting in central Kyiv against the corrupt government were gunned down with sniper rifles and AK-47s. The criminal case into the murders has been opened immediately following the end of the Euromaidan and has been dragging for more than two years now.

Ever since the end of the Euromaidan revolution, every prosecutor general vowed to bring the perpetrators of this horrific crime to justice, yet all of them have failed. A lot of people place high hopes on the new prosecutor general – Mr. Lutsenko.

The time will show, whether he will be able to bring solace to the families of the victims, Ukraine Today reports.

See’s video section for more of the latest news from Ukraine in video from Ukraine Today, Ukraine’s 24-hour English-language news channel.

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