Ukrainian far-right figure shot dead by police

2014-03-25 14:55
(File: Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP)

(File: Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kiev - A prominent Ukrainian far-right activist, part of a hard-line nationalist movement that played a leading role in the overthrow of president Viktor Yanukovich, was shot dead by police overnight, authorities said on Tuesday.

The interior ministry said Oleksander Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bily, was killed by officers of the 'Sokol' special unit as he tried to escape from a cafe in the western Ukrainian region of Rivne.

"At the moment of arrest, at shouts of "Stop! Police!", Muzychko fled, jumping through a window, and opened fire", first deputy Interior Minister Volodymyr Yevdokimov told a news conference in Kiev. The officers returned fire, killing Muzychko, he said.

Muzychko was a member of the hard-line Right Sector and the group's coordinator for western Ukraine, the country's nationalist heartland bordering the European Union. Police said he was wanted for "hooliganism" and an attack on a local prosecutor.

Russia - which cited the likes of Right Sector as justification for its move to annex Crimea and protect the peninsula's ethnic Russian majority from Ukrainian "fascists" - said this month Muzychko was under investigation for fighting alongside rebels in Russia's Chechnya region in the 1990s.

Street protests

Contradicting the police account, independent lawmaker Oleksander Doniy said on his Facebook page that Muzychko had been executed. Muzychko had previously said he feared being killed by police.

"Two vehicles cut off his car. He was dragged out and put in one of them. Then he was thrown on the ground, hands cuffed behind his back, two shots to the heart," wrote Doniy, without saying where he got his information.

Yanukovich triggered peaceful street protests in late November by making a U-turn away from the European Union and towards closer ties with Russia. Right Sector raised the protests to a new level in January by attacking police vehicles with petrol bombs and bricks. It provided much of the muscle as clashes with police grew more serious.

Yanukovich fled after two days of gun battles in February between police and protesters, in which 95 people were killed.

Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh says he plans to run for president in a 25 May election, but is a rank outsider.
Read more on:    viktor yanukovich  |  ukraine

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.