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Russian UN envoy urges thorough probe into acts of violence in Kiev

UNITED NATIONS, March 14, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is demanding a thorough investigation of the acts of violence that have occurred during the recent unrest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, including the suspicion some shots at both demonstrators and law enforcers were fired from the office of the so-called ‘Maidan commandant’, Andrei Parubiy, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.

“The acts of violence committed in Kiev require close international investigation,” he said, adding that “the reports to the effect the very same provocateurs were shooting at both law enforcers and protesters completely shatters the picture drawn by Kiev’s and Western propaganda.”

“According to the latest available reports, some shots were fired from the head office of a so-called ‘Maidan commandant’, who now leads the UN Security Council.

A former chief of the Ukrainian Security Service, Alexander Yakimenko, has said Parubiy may have been behind the killings of demonstrators in Kiev. He shared his suspicions on the Rossiya-24 television news channel.

According to a leaked conversation between Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU foreign policy chief Catherin Ashton, which emerged online a short while ago, Ukrainian medics who had examined the bodies of those killed, both police and civilians, during unrest in central Kiev, arrived at some stunning conclusions.

In part, Paet said, "there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition.”

“I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting,” Ashton answered.