Investigation into the ammunition used by security forces
Volunteers from the Open Dialog Foundation are continuing their investigation into the type of ammunition used by members of the security forces.
We are collecting evidence - shells which remain in places internal troops and Berkut officers were positioned when firing at the protesters. We are recording statements from doctors who attended to the injured between 18th and 20th of February.
On February 19, the Maidan’s injured were treated only in a field hospital set up in the vicinity of the Mikhailovsky Sobor belonging to the Orthodox Church. Bodies of the deceased bear marks left by small arms commonly used in the Ukrainian military.
A physician from the field hospital near the Mikhailovsky Sobor revealed that the protesters from the Maidan were also shot at with hunting ammunition and special hard-core bullets. Such ammunition is used by anti-terrorist squads to stop moving vehicles. These bullets are capable of piercing armoured-vests. Another doctor confirms that bullets from Dragunov sniper rifles were removed from victims’ bodies.
Even before fighting broke out, we talked to an Internal Troops colonel who was in charge of the soldiers protecting approach routes to government buildings on Grushevsky street. The colonel informed us that his soldiers only used 17.5 millimetre rubber rounds, manufactured in Ukraine.
Fighting in the area of Grushevsky Street resulted in many Maidan defenders being injured or killed. On posts occupied by the firing members of Berkut, shells from 12 mm FAM hunting ammunition were found. The ammunition was manufactured by the Hunting Ammunition Factory "FAM-PIONKI". This factory is located in Poland, in the Mazovia region near the town of Radom.