Germany trained Ukraine's riot troops

During the Ukrainian revolution last winter, the former president's riot police stand accused of using excessive violence against demonstrators.

Germany trained Ukraine's riot troops

World Bulletin / News Desk

German police were partly responsible for training ex-Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's riot police, the government has confirmed.

The Bild newspaper late on Monday described the three year training the Yanukovych's riot police recieved from the German police as "intensive co-operation".

During the Ukrainian revolution last winter, the former president's riot police stand accused of using excessive violence against demonstrators.

Yanukovych got ousted when more than 100 people were killed in the protests.

The German training focused on "action against crowds" and "searches" as well as "forcing entry to apartments".

A ten-page government response to a parliamentary inquiry by the leftist Die Linke party had confirmed this co-operation and was seen by Blid.

Further training was provided during the Euro 2012 football tournaments by the Germans in Poland and Ukraine. They focused on dealing with violent or rowdy crowds, including self-defence, "fan group dynamics" and "preventative strategies for managing the police situation at football games".

Bild reported that the football crowd control training could just as well be used for violent clashes with demonstrators.

The left-wing opposition has demanded full disclosure of the links between the German and Ukrainian police.

"The fact is the Ukrainian police were being trained under Yanukovych with German help," Klaus Ernst, vice president of Die Linke fraction, told Bild.

"All German activities in the Ukraine must be fully disclosed," he demanded.

Last Mod: 01 Temmuz 2014, 16:40
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