Viktor Yanukovych

Ukraine ex-pilot blames lawmaker for ties to Maidan snipers

A former military pilot who became famous in Ukraine after spending two years in a Russian prison accused Ukraine's parliament speaker of being associated with snipers who fired on protesters during Ukraine's 2014 uprising but retracted her statement hours later.

Lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko told journalists that she saw Andriy Parubiy, a key organizer of the massive protests that drove Ukraine's former Russia-friendly president from power, leading snipers into a hotel next to the capital's main square, the Maidan. Hours later, Savchenko apologized to Parubiy, saying she mentioned his name by mistake and actually meant Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Pashinskiy.