19:05 10.01.2018

Saakashvili: These were not Georgian snipers on Maidan, but hired Russian actors

Saakashvili: These were not Georgian snipers on Maidan, but hired Russian actors

The leader of the Ukrainian opposition party Movement of New Forces and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said he was questioned on Tuesday as a witness in the case concerning the so-called participation of some Georgian snipers in the shootings at Independence Square in central Kyiv in early 2014.

"This is a Russian story alleging that I, while president of Georgia, ordered that snipers be sent here to shoot people at Maidan. But I wasn't president of Georgia at the time, and I came here as a private person," he told journalists after the questioning on Wednesday.

"There have been no Georgian snipers, there are actors hired by Russia, GRU officers or some other spies, and the Italian channel prompted by Russian propaganda broadcast a news story about this. Ukraine is currently checking these facts, and resources are being used to verify the facts of Russian propaganda. My advice for them is: it's necessary simply to catch those who shot people at Maidan. I am sure most of these people are in Ukraine. Perhaps they even work for these institutions," Saakashvili said, pointing at the Security Service building.

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