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Ukrainian investigations into Kiev clashes ‘lacked independence’

Probes into protests that led to ousting of president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 failed to satisfy human rights convention, international report says

An international report has found that Ukrainian investigations into the deadly clashes that took place during the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests in Kiev have failed to hold law enforcement officials to account.

The report by a Council of Europe-sponsored international advisory panel, said that the investigations into the demonstrations, which led to the ousting of president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, had not satisfied the European convention on human rights. They “lacked practical independence” because in many cases, the police were essentially tasked with investigating themselves, it said.

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