Pshonka urged to quit army to independence

Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka wanted to use the army against Euromaidan in Kiev, says the former chief of the General staff Vladimir Zamana. Photo: UNIAN

The former chief of the General staff Vladimir Zaman States that in February 2014 the then Minister of defence Pavel Lebedev and the attorney General Viktor Pshonka tried to convince him to use the army against the Maidan in Kiev.

About Zaman said during questioning in the Obolon district court of Kyiv, reports “UKRINFORM”.

The court considered the criminal proceedings on charge ex-President Viktor Yanukovych with treason.

“Already on 18 February, I spoke in the building of the SBU with the head of the SBU, the Prosecutor General Pshonka. They tried to convince me that the law allows to do it, but at the time it was introduced in the action plan of the antiterrorist operation. And arguing that such a plan is introduced, tried to use Armed force in Kiev. The law on antiterrorism, the anti-terrorist operation was not clearly written, which tasks can perform APU,” said Zaman, adding that the initiative on the use of the army came from Lebedev.

Zaman said that within weeks, there were repeated attempts with his participation to prepare the order for the use of the APU, a specific military unit.

“This 25th airborne brigade, the 79th airmobile brigade, the Marines of the Crimea, to use Armed force in Kiev. About the use of weapons there was said. It was about the involvement of the Armed forces to strengthen objects and restore constitutional order in Kiev”, – said Zaman, who headed the armed forces from February 2012 to 19 February 2014.

On 29 June 2017, the district court decided to start a special judicial proceedings against former President Viktor Yanukovych.

According to the Prosecutor General, a Yanukovych is suspected of committing crimes – treason, complicity in intentional action committed with the purpose of change of borders of the territory and state borders, complicity in the waging of aggressive war.

Viktor Pshonka fled Ukraine in February 2014.