The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has summoned the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, for questioning about the crimes committed against Maidan activists in January and February of 2014. “A notice has been sent to the president’s administration for November 29,” the head of the Special Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, Sergiy Gorbatyuk, said on Tuesday, November 15. Poroshenko was invited as a witness.
The fact that high-ranking politicians are being called for questioning in connection with the investigation of the events on Maidan was announced by the prosecutor general of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, in August. The Prosecutor’s Office has sent notices to former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy and other politicians.
Earlier, a spokesman for the head of the state, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, said that Poroshenko was ready to testify after the official call for questioning.
At the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, clashes between security forces and demonstrators happened at the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kyiv, resulting in the death of more than a hundred people were killed. Current Ukrainian authorities accused Viktor Yanukovych and Berkut special police forces from the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the tragedy.
Yanukovych claims he had not given the order to shoot at the peaceful demonstrators; former Berkut fighters also deny any involvement in the deaths of protesters.