Prosecutors identify "headless" man killed during Euromaidan
The Prosecutor General's Office has identified the "headless" man who was killed during Euromaidan events in Kyiv early in 2014 and whose picture went viral, according to Editor-in-Chief of censor.net.ua Yuriy Butusov.
"The Prosecutor General's Office has examined images and footage available, and the name of the dead man was officially identified. The image depicts the body of a Hero of Ukraine whose name is Ihor Serdiuk, a member of the 9th hundred of the Maidan's self-defense volunteers," Butusov wrote on Facebook.
"After a peaceful rally in [Kyiv's] Mariyinsky Park had been dispersed with the use of arms, when several protesters were beaten to death and dozens were wounded, Serdiuk and his sworn brothers began building a barricade at the corner of Instytutska Street and Kriposny Lane," he wrote.
"The barricade was attacked by a group of thugs, and the unarmed self-defense volunteers came face to face with them. Ihor was standing in the first row. It was a face-shot point-blank… The shotgun slug hit the bridge of his nose… According to the investigator, when the body was being relocated, the coat was pulled on the blood-drenched head," he added.
Serdiuk lived in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk. He left his business and home with the wife, a 20-year-old daughter and the parents, and set out to Kyiv's Maidan to defend freedom and democratic values.