Volodymyr Sivkovych, an official who served in the government of disgraced president Viktor Yanukovych, has been indicted by a Ukrainian court, Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations (DBR) reported on Dec. 26.
The indictment concerns the forcible dispersal of a protest known as the Student Maidan, during the Euromaidan protests in 2013-2014 that saw Yanukovych abandon his post and flee Ukraine for Russia.
According to Sivkovych's instructions, the head of the police department of Kyiv ordered the violent dispersal of a peaceful protest on the night of Nov. 29 to 30, 2013 in the center of Kyiv – what became known as Student Maidan.
The DBR stated that Sivkovych issued a knowingly criminal order during a meeting with Kyiv’s police chief — namely, deploying the Berkut police special riot unit to use force against the demonstrators. The “clearing” of the Independence Square from protesting citizens was supposed to take place under the pretext of ensuring, allegedly, the installation of a New Year’s tree.
However, Sivkovych had been working in the interests of the Russian Federation for quite a while prior to the Euromaidan, the DBR asserted, nothing that Sivkovych had previously served as a Soviet KGB agent and was still working with Russian authorities.
“Employees of the DBR established that the former USSR KGB officer went to work for the state authorities of Ukraine on the instructions of his supervisors,” the DBR said.
They explained that over time, Sivkovych became the Deputy Secretary of the NSDC, and received the military rank of Reserve Major General before Independence Day in 2013.
“Already three months later, with his direct participation, the organization of the beating of the participants of one of the first youth protest actions for the course of European integration for our country took place,” the DBR added.
The agency added that Sivkoych, who is currently in Russia, has been tapped by the regime of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to serve as one of the leaders of the anti-Ukraine movement created by the Russian special services.