KIEV Feb 25 Before he was ousted as Ukraine's
president, Viktor Yanukovich drew up plans to use thousands of
troops to crush the protests that eventually toppled him,
according to a leaked document published online.
Ukrainian journalists are going through thousands of papers
they say were found near Yanukovich's opulent residence near
Kiev after he fled the capital and some documents have already
started to surface in the Internet.
Although its authenticity could not be confirmed,
parliamentary deputy Hennadi Moskal, a former deputy interior
minister, published a document online detailing a plan to
surround Independence Square - the cradle of the uprising - with
snipers and open fire on the protesters below.
Armoured vehicles and about 22,000 police would have been
involved, including about 2,000 Berkut riot police, if it had
been fully enacted, the document showed.
Moskal, a member of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's
Batkivshchyna party, said he had published the document to put
pressure on Ukraine's new authorities to bring Yanukovich to
More documents will be published this week, one of the
journalists sifting through them told Reuters.
At least 88 people were killed in gun battles last week
between police and the anti-Yanukovich protesters who have
occupied Independence Square in downtown Kiev for three months.
Some were shot dead by snipers.
Yanukovich fled Kiev on Friday night and parliament stripped
him of his powers on Saturday. The new authorities have issued
an arrest warrant for mass murder and Yanukovich is on the run.
(Reporting by Timothy Heritage; Editing by Eric Walsh)