31 January 2014. Kharkiv, Ukraine — Unknown perpetrators broke a window and threw a fire bomb into a small print shop which served pro-democracy and pro-European Union activists in this eastern Ukrainian city last night. The print shop, located on the first floor of an apartment building at 12 Kravtsov Provulok (Kravtsov Alley), produced educational materials for the Euromaidan movement. The attack occurred on Friday at around 3:00 AM ET (UTC+2), roughly at the same time as several previous acts of sabotage against Euromaidan offices and vehicles in Kharkiv. The police arrived at the scene, collected evidence and recorded witness testimonies in the presence of Oleksander Shevchenko and Viktor Garbar, who are members of the Euromaidan Kharkiv Coordinating Council. No one has been charged in connection with this incident as of this writing.
The owner of the print shop, Yaroslav Zdorovyj, issued a video statement on YouTube (link below), in which he claimed that the attack on his business was in revenge for his providing printing services to the Euromaidan movement. Mr. Zdorovyj blamed the attack on titushki — i.e. local bandits hired by pro-Russian operatives.
Luckily, the Molotov cocktail which was used in this attack did not start a larger fire. The bottle containing flammable liquid was made of plastic and did not break after being thrown into the building. However, the flammable liquid did burn, along with the bottle, and left a distinct smell of flammable substance in the building.
This was the 11th recorded crime against Euromaidan Kharkiv. Full list it here
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Maidan Monitoring Information Center is a non-governmental not-for-profit organization founded in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2012. The Center’s mission is to defend civil rights; promote civic activism, democracy and the rule of law; support the development of civil society; facilitate dialog between government, NGO and business representatives; enable greater public access to information on constitutional rights and freedoms; and improve citizens’ participation in the governance of their country.