In the Ukrainian capital on Friday, April 13, an ordinary event took place: in the centre of the city, a building of the real estate developer “Kyivmiskbud” was fired on from a grenade launcher. It would seem that there is nothing surprising in this. In 2017, a grenade launcher was applied in the Rovno, Lutsk, Kiev, Kharkov, Cherkassy, Donetsk and Transcarpathian regions. But that is what characterizes the current situation in Ukraine – shooting with a grenade launcher in the centre of Kiev has become the norm.
If shooting from a grenade launcher in Paris, Warsaw, Moscow looks like a sensation, then for the capital of Ukraine, such events have become the order of things over the past four years. In the centre of Donetsk or Lugansk, while hostilities continue, this is an extraordinary event. For Kiev, this has already become common. Ukrainian media reported that in the court of the Pechersk district this case was qualified as “hooliganism”.
The reason for such criminal and semi-criminal manifestations of the power struggle between oligarchic groups lies in the fact that the oligarchs that came to power as a result of the coup in 2014 lifted the state’s monopoly on the use of violence. As a result, nationalist extremist groups that are financed by Ukrainian oligarchs use violence in the struggle for power without restrictions, including using grenade launchers and other firearms. The authorities not only do not hinder such excesses, but also cover nationalist and frankly Nazi groups. According to the editor of the publication “Legal Control of Ukraine”, Denis Sadokhi, radicals, neo-Nazis, “Right Sector”*, C14* are ‘all fours’ of the SBU, they operate where counterspies do not manage to hold liable people out of favour. The soldiers perform dirty work, exert psychological pressure.
Unfortunately, the escalation of criminal violence will only gain momentum in Ukraine. Since there are presidential elections about to happen, the ruling oligarchic grouping does not suit many, including in the West, which means that the struggle for the chair of the Ukrainian president will be serious, and the grenade launchers will be one of its instruments.
Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy