More news the US media has decided doesn’t fit the narrative, and so it can’t be reported. Nonetheless …
Estonia foreign minister Urmas Paet (Estonia later confirmed the authenticity of the recording) reported in a leaked phone call to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton that he had been told those who shot protesters and police at Kiev’s Maidan square were the same people and were hired by members of the “new coalition.” Paet talked with Ashton on February 25, a day after the Yanukovych government was overthrown.
“There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition,” Urmas Paet said during the conversation. …
Paet also recalled his conversation with a doctor who treated those shot by snipers in Kiev. She said that both protesters and police were shot at by the same people.
“And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets] told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides.” …
“So that she then also showed me some photos. She said that as a medical doctor she can say that it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened,” Paet said.
Olga Bogomolets, in Kiev, today partially denied Paet’s recollections of what she had told him:
Olga Bogomolets said she had not told Mr Paet that policemen and protesters had been killed in the same manner.
“Myself I saw only protesters. I do not know the type of wounds suffered by military people,” she told The Telegraph. “I have no access to those people.”
But she said she had asked for a full forensic criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred in the Maidan. “No one who just sees the wounds when treating the victims can make a determination about the type of weapons. I hope international experts and Ukrainian investigators will make a determination of what type of weapons, who was involved in the killings and how it was done. I have no data to prove anything. …”
She said the new government in Kiev had assured her a criminal investigation had begun but that she had no direct contact with it so far.
“They told me they have begun a criminal process and if they say that I believe them.”
Olga Bogomolets was a hero of Maidan Square no matter what you think of Vladimir Nuland or Victoria Putin, but above she displays a not-quite-believable faith that one side will investigate itself and its mortal enemy fairly and let the chips fall where they may, on the most publicized event precipitating the coup. Alternatively, maybe she’s just saying what she needs to say in an environment unsafe for dissent.
… Which reminds me of this must-read article on post-coup Ukraine: How the far-right took top posts in Ukraine’s power vacuum.