Ukraine’s Yanukovych planned to ‘cleanse’ Kiev of protesters, records show

Documents released by Ukrainian intelligence officials to one of the country’s legislators show that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych had a plan called “Operation Wave,” which would have “cleansed” Kiev of its protesters.

“These documents, detailing the criminal activities of those in charge of the security forces, were passed on to me by patriotic members of the SBU (intelligence and security services) and the interior ministry,” legislator and former deputy interior minister Gennady Moskal wrote on his site, where the documents were published, Agence France-Presse reported.


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Operation Wave, which reportedly was planned with the the counsel of a high-level official in Russia’s military intelligence community, would have used roughly 22,000 security forces to “cleanse” protesters from the city, but for unknown reasons the mission was not carried out successfully, AFP reported.

“It’s about understanding the nature and magnitude of the crimes committed by the previous government and taking those responsible to court,” Mr. Moskal said on his website.

AFP reported that the documents detailed a plan to force protesters into a bottleneck. When the citizens landed in the “trap,” security forces would “clean out” those inside. In addition, thousands of security forces had plans to “neutralize” the protest movement’s most hard-core members.

While speaking at the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday, protest leader Arseniy Yatenyuk said that “thousands” of citizens would have died if Operation Wave successfully materialized, AFP reported.

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