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The New York Times Sinks to a New Journalistic Low in its Reporting on Ukraine

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The EUBusiness article notes: "Dozens of protesters and around 15 police officers were killed, and parliament impeached Yanukovych the next day." According to the audio, "Paet told Ashton he was informed in Kiev that 'they were the same snipers killing people from both sides.'" He appears to have received that information from a Maidan leader, physician Olga Bogomolets, who supposedly claimed that people on both sides were killed by the same type of bullets.

Then Paet added: "It's really disturbing that now the new coalition, they don't want to investigate exactly what happened." (The authenticity of the audio has been confirmed by Estonia.)

Then, there's the matter of a 10 April 2014 investigation into the sniper fire, conducted by German TV's "ARD Monitor," that Mr. Higgins and Mr. Kramer appear to have ignored. According to ARD Monitor, "there is this video that appears to show, that the demonstrators were hit from the back. The man in yellow on this recording goes even further. He was among the protesters who were on Institute Road for several hours that day. His name is Mikola, we met up with him at the scene of the events. He tells us that members of the opposition demonstrators were repeatedly shot in the back.

Mikola: "Yes, on the twentieth, we were shot at from behind, from the Hotel Ukraina, from the 8th or 9th floor."

According to ARD's report, "[T]he hotel on the morning of February 20 was firmly in the hands of the opposition. We talk to eyewitnesses from the Hotel Ukraina, journalists, and opposition figures. They all confirm to us on February 20 the hotel held by the opposition was heavily guarded. It would therefore have been very difficult to sneak in a government sniper."

ARD then tracked down a radio amateur who had recorded Yanukovych's snipers talking to each other that day. Their radio traffic shows them discussing the fact that someone is shooting at unarmed people -- someone they do not know.

1st government sniper: "Hey guys, you over there, to the right from the Hotel Ukraina."

2nd government sniper: "Who shot? Our people do not shoot at unarmed people. "

1st sniper: "Guys, there sits a spotter aiming at me. Who is he aiming at there -- in the corner? Look! "

2nd sniper: "On the roof of the yellow building. On top of the cinema, on top of the cinema. "

1st sniper:" Someone has shot him. But it wasn't us. "

2nd sniper:" Miron, Miron, there are even more snipers? And who are they? "

ARD then interviewed Oleksandr Lisowoi, a doctor from Hospital No. 6 in Kiev, who confirmed that both protesters and government militia forces were shot by the same type of bullet. According to Dr. Lisowoi, "The wounded we treated had the same type of bullet wounds, I am now speaking of the type of bullets that we have surgically removed from the bodies -- they were identical" Thus, Dr. Lisowoi confirmed what Estonia's Foreign Minister, Urmas Paet, had told EU Foreign Policy and Security Policy chief, Catherine Ashton.

But, the failures by Mr. Higgins and Mr. Kramer to examine these reports, even if to dismiss them, pale in significance, when compared with their failure to deal with the most comprehensive and compelling examination of the sniper fire to date, Professor Ivan Katchanovski's 29-page scholarly paper titled, "The Snipers Massacre on the Maidan in Ukraine."

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Professor Katchanovski presented his paper to a seminar in Ottawa, Canada on 1 October 2014. Thus, Mr. Higgins and Mr. Kramer had plenty of time to digest its contents before writing the slop that the Times published on January 4th.

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