Ukraine has accused ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and Russian security agents of being responsible for the killings of pro-EU protesters during Kiev rallies in February.
According to the reports, Ukraine’s acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov accused Yanukovych of issuing what he called the “criminal order,” saying nearly 90 protesters were shot dead following his order.
He also accused Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) of helping Yanukovych in planning and carrying out the deadly assaults.
During an interview on Wednesday, however, Yanukovych denied he had any involvement in ordering his security forces to open fire on protesters.
Yanukovych said: “radical elements” from the anti-government Maidan had used weapons during the unrests in the capital.
The FSB has also denied the allegations, saying the claims will remain on the conscience of the Ukrainian security service.
Political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia.