The Maidan Massacre Trial and Investigation Revelations: Implications for the Ukraine-Russia War and Relations

Russian Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, (July/August 2023), pp. 181-205 (Brill/Schoningh), Open Access Article

25 Pages Posted: 19 May 2023

Date Written: May 6, 2023

Abstract

This study analyzes revelations from the trial and investigation in Ukraine concerning the mass killing that took place in Kyiv on 20 February 2014. This Maidan massacre of protesters and police led to the overthrow of the Yanukovych government and ultimately to the Russian annexation of Crimea, the civil war and Russian military interventions in Donbas, and the Ukraine-Russia and West-Russia conflicts which Russia escalated by illegally invading Ukraine in 2022. The absolute majority of wounded Maidan protesters, nearly 100 prosecution and defense witnesses, synchronized videos, and medical and ballistic examinations by government experts pointed unequivocally to the fact that the Maidan protesters were massacred by snipers located in Maidan-controlled buildings. To date, however, due to the political sensitivity of these findings and cover-up, no one has been convicted for this massacre. The article discusses the implications of these revelations for the Ukraine-Russia war and the future of Russian-Ukrainian relations.

Keywords: Political Violence; Conflict; Ukraine; Maidan; Euromaidan; Russia; Massacre; Ukraine-Russia War; Justice

Suggested Citation

Katchanovski, Ivan, The Maidan Massacre Trial and Investigation Revelations: Implications for the Ukraine-Russia War and Relations (May 6, 2023). Russian Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, (July/August 2023), pp. 181-205 (Brill/Schoningh), Open Access Article, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4440100 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4440100

Ivan Katchanovski (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa ( email )

School of Political Studies
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 1H7
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://uottawa.academia.edu/IvanKatchanovski

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