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Ukraine's Yanukovych had planned to 'cleanse' Kiev of protesters

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Before he fled Kiev, ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych drew up plans to "cleanse" Independence Square (Maidan) of the protesters camped out there since November. The plans, part of which were carried out, involved 22,000 members of security forces and were revealed by legislator Gennady Moskal, who posted documents on his site (he claims he got them from "patriotic" security officials). The "anti-terrorist" plan, dubbed "Operation Wave," involved shutting down Kiev, blacking out opposition TV stations, and "cleaning out" the Maidan by leading the protesters into a trap and "neutralizing" the right-wing militias helping protect the square.