News » Politics 26 February, 2014, 8:35
New interior minister disbands Berkut riot police unit

Writing in Facebookfeb. 26, Arsen Avakov, the new interior minister, said he ordered to disband the much-hated Berkut police unit.

Regarded as an elite police unit, Berkut was first used on Nov. 30, 2013 to crack down on peaceful students in Maidan square. The unit was then involved in more bloody attacks on protesters.

After Yanukovych fled, some Berkut members left barracks taking their arms with them.

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