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Captured Conversation Between the Snipers on the Roofs above Maidan in Kyiv Ukraine

Captured Conversation Between the Snipers on the Roofs above Maidan in Kyiv Ukraine
Article by: Yuriy Lukanov
Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.

Снимок2On February 18-19, snipers were operating on Kyiv’s Euromaidan, shooting at protesters. As of February 23, snipers had taken away the lives of 82 people.

The URL had first appeared in Euromaidan’s twitter in the evening of the day when mass shootings happened in the morning.

The audio has been edited (a little over 14 minutes, its author claims it was originally over 1,5 hours).

Callsigns are spoken: “Myron” (the immediate commander), “Gummi”,”Felix”, “Smena”, “Hassan”, “Dober”, “Center”, “Shtanga”, “Kolun”, “Judge” (a commander of a higher rank), “Seva” (a spotter on Klovskiy skyscraper).

Screenshot 2014-02-23 at 19

Information is as follows: pay attention to Hrushevskiy Street, be ready to work. If there is any action with a weapon, report and work. Berkut goes ahead, we will cover. Do you copy?

[Please note. The unit’s primary goal is to control Hrushevskiy street. The working procedure is to report the discovery of an armed person to the commander and then independent shooting. Berkut is mentioned in a way that makes it clear that the shooters are not part of it]

  • Seva plus
  • Felix plus
  • Myron ….

  • Look, we’re only seeing the hotel “Ukraine”. Can we move on your top level?

[Addressed to “Myron”, who is sitting on the roof of the Cabinet of Ministers. “Gummi” is beneath him. At that time the sighted target was obstructed by tree branches]


  • The windows will be open now, we will move on. For now just observe.
  • Listen and watch.
  • Sound of shots on the left. The wind is pulling, there are some movements. The upper windows are open, copy carefully.
  • Distance 4 –  Adjust. Ready to work. All observe: Hotel Ukraine is the base, the roofs of the tall buildings are priority. Hrushevskiy – those who are on Felix’s right, watch Hrushevskiy. Do you copy?

[Note the priorities]

  • Plus. Plus.
  • Seva on the tin roof!  Why is there firing?
  • Changing the barricades. On the right, next to the Hotel Ukraine.
  • Who fired? We’re not working on this one on the roof, he has no weapon.

[are not firing at those without weapons]

  • Guys, it’s a spotter. Shows in my direction. Someone is correcting from that point. We are observing.
  • Spotter? Which window?
  • Press. Yellow building.
  • Kinopalats? Kinopalats?
  • Kinopalats is gone. Someone worked on him. Not us.
  • Myron, Myron. Is there any co-operation among everyone involved? Where are they?
  • They are connected. For now the mobile communication only.
  • Just in order not to lock on them by chance.
  • Seva, Seva. They aren’t here. They are either with us or behind.

[proof of a second sniper team at work. only mobile connection between them – probably different departments, since they have no common radio] 

  • Myron on Ukrainian .. There was a spotter on Kinopalats. Someone was shooting him, from the right side, passed under him.
  • I saw it, I saw it.
  • Myron W 35
  • 36
  • Green dome, one hundred. Next – the roof of the house – it seems like there is a group of people. Descended below.
  • Middle entrance, sign. There are two people under it. One with ammunition.
  • Observe, watch weapon! Landings!
  • 376 – no weapons for now.
  • General information, attention!  Possibly, people with weapons will move by Hrushevskiy Street.
  • Come to the shaft.
  • (illegible scraps … and the word “dune”)
  • Come on!  Run down here! We are all leaving.
  • Plus, plus. Kid, Kid. 35 (inaudible)
  • Where are the people?
  • Donetsk, accelerates! Donetsk, accelerates! Handling, Donetsk!
  • Sasha, empty dune.
  • 235 Myron
  • 736
  • Do you have a large pipe?  Is it working?
  • Plus. This tool is big. Forty-fold (x40)
  • Gummi what are you looking at?
  • (inaudible)
  • Andrew, look down there. Are you seeing the barricades? On the right side of the hotel.
  • (inaudible)
  • Myron, we are seeing the three portable toilets and a part of the barricade. That’s it.

[barricades and green toilets in the right lower corner]


  • Myron, plus!
  • Left corner of the Hotel Ukraine. On the left – 2/1000. Red roof. Now the man is hiding. Probably, he is going up now.
  • Landings, take aim. Watch.
  • Myron, 35 W
  • 36, don’t squeeze
  • 1360 meters to him. We understand (inaudible) will be watching.

[most likely, the shooter was sitting on top of a skyscraper on Klovsky descent 7]


Screenshot 2014-02-23 at 16.36.45

  • Where won’t we? Behind this house? Where the man is watching?
  • Plus.
  • Approximate address? This is where Gummi is?  On 33?
  • I cannot say the address. It is on the left of Hotel Ukraine. Left corner. 2/1000 on the left. Red roof. I mean look! There is a dormer window, and there is a picture of a cat.
  • I do not see. Give me another landmark (not legible)
  • The second level on the top. The left row of windows of the Hotel Ukraine. Along the lower edge of the balcony to the left from the corner of the building 1,5 – 2/1000,  Roof.
  • Attention! Whoever can hear me, repeat!  Observe. I cannot work in that direction.
  • Who ever hears corrections – watch.
  • There are people with shields and helmets running around on Instytutska Street, preparing for something. On the level of the two toilets.
  • There are tires being rolled towards Maidan from Institutska Street. People with shields and helmets are coming up in the district.
  • Myron, 35CH
  • Myron Myron 35CH
  • (.. ) 35
  • 36
  • Level .
  • The floor below
  • Seventh, seventh
  • plus
  • Meet you, meet you
  • Center, center . 35 Myron
  • 36
  • 36. Where are you now? Going down?
  • Plus. I will come down now.
  • Look at the object under. Choose points. Look how many people you can put there.
  • From there, the task is just an observation. Do you copy?
  • plus
  • Dober, Dober. 35 Myron
  • 36 Dober
  • Attention! This hotel is under your responsibility. We are not looking there.
  • Repeat
  • Hotel Hotel. Observe. I have no time to turn there.
  • My hotel? Plus?
  • Plus. plus
  • 12
  • Gummi. 35 Myron.
  • 36
  • Get Help – manage with the hotel. Left – right – up – down
  • Can we go up to the top level, then analyze?
  • You mean to go to the cabinets?
  • No. To go to you. To you, on iron.
  • Minus . Minus . We have enough iron ourselves.
  • We can only see the second and the third level from the top. The left side . that’s it.
  • Plus, plus . One – on the spot, the second is looking for another point. Come out on top. If so, will exchange with Center.
  • Plus, plus
  • Myron – Center . We need observers here, number unlimited
  • Plus. Think about the positions . Opportunities, depth premises. Observation near the building and in front. Which sectors we lose, if we come down.
  • Miron – Center . Well basically we can see a big sector on the right of the stadium lights, on the left of the building with a green roof . And on the left further, – we can not see the smallest, nearest barricade.
  • On the corner, that’s where I was standing, can you get out? Are there windows?
  • On the corner – I ‘m watching the stadium lights rack.
  • Plus. Left down. Who is not watching? Nearest barricade – is it the oldest one?
  • Yes, Hrushevskiy is seen, but the nearest barricade is not visible.
  • Myron, the one that follows the nearest road. That one is not visible.
  • Plus, plus. We see it here.
  • Myron, well, then I’ll bring my people here.
  • (inaudible)
  • Repeat. wind
  • Bring just one couple, the second leave for now. Do you copy? Report  when located.
  • Plus. One will be at the top and two at the bottom.
  • Rod, Columbus, get down.
  • Plus. plus
  • Myron. 35 – Hassan
  • 35
  • Myron, we are on position. It is possible to work from the center of the building, What do we do with Dober?
  • Come down. Dober remains. Observe position. When located, you will replace Dober
  • Myron, I can move with Hassan
  • Who is this?
  • Gummi
  • Gummy and Cech, work closer. Gummy and Cech, where are you?
  • We work under you, in between the attic
  • Be based in the room, get down
  • One came out, found a spot, brought a second one.
  • Try to keep the sector constantly under control
  • Hassan, plus
  • Texas goes, said Judge gave the command, we need to relocate again. What can we do?
  • …..
  • Well, I understood everything. Connect with Judge.
  • And what is his frequency?
  • Omar. Omar.
  • General information: Hotel Ukraine, the central part, the sixth level from the top two people. In the form, with a tripod.
  • Black helmet.  Unloading or vest. White. I don’t see the weapon – there is not enough  magnification.
  • I am observing. Optics. They are shooting video.
  • Do not show yourself and the weapon, we are observing.
  • Dober, plus.
  • Myron, did you connect with Judge?
  • I let them conduct negotiations, and now the leadership team will connect and say.
  • plus
  • Center, Center. 35. Myron.
  • 36
  • I’ll be right with you. Have to talk.
  • plus
  • Gummi, Gummi – 35
  • 36
  • Are we staying on positions or moving somewhere?
  • For now we stay
  • plus
  • There are people walking in the Trade Union House.
Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.
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