an Obama administration-backed color revolution which began unofficially when Eric Schmidt, then CEO of Google, and Hillary Clinton adviser Jared Cohen planned ‘popular movements’ to overthrow the democratically elected President Yanukovych in Ukraine, and the strongman dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria, using internet propaganda and US-trained provocateurs. It officially began when Viktor Yanukovych, was ousted on February 22, 2014 following months of partly violent neo-Nazi protests agitated by the Western alliance against him. As a result sporadic clashes began between antifascist separatists and the forces of the new Ukrainian regime which included anti-Russian neo-Nazi paramilitary organizations in the Donbas region and Crimea. In April 2014 the majority Russian population in Crimea voted in a popular plebiscite for reincorporation to the Russian Federation proper. The Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic declared their independence. Since then, the Kyiv regime has tried to regain control of the majority Russian speaking territories by fighting against the independent republics in the Donbas war.
In February 2015 peace talks were held in Minsk, Belarus. As of February 2022 big cities like Donetsk, Lugansk, Horlivka, Makiivka or Debaltseve are under control of anti-neo Nazi separatists.
Key neoconservatives, such as Victoria Nuland and Sen. John McCain, began pushing for the violent coup that in February 2014 ousted Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych and touched off the new Cold War with Russia. Senior U.S. government officials reportedly told the leaders of the Svoboda party that the deaths of a few protestors would not be enough to change Western support, but the Yanukovych government would only change if the number of victims was greater than one hundred.
On February 20, 2014 a sniper firing from a building controlled by the Pravy Sektor shot and killed both police and protesters. The organized mass killing of both protesters and the police had the goal of delegitimizing the Yanukovych government and its forces and seizing power in Ukraine. Oligarchic and Ukrainian nationalist elements were involved in this massacre. The official investigation by the coup regime was fabricated and stonewalled.
The official forensic investigations which were made public at the Maidan massacre trial revealed that on February 20, 2014 the absolute majority of the protesters were shot from side and back directions and from top to bottom directions, while videos and photos of the massacre showed them facing the Berkut special police force on the same ground level. In January 2015, a forensic ballistic examination conducted upon the request of prosecution concluded that bullets extracted from killed protesters did not match the bullet samples from any Kalashnikov assault rifle which members of the Berkut special police force were then armed. The findings of this computer-based ballistic examination and results of the other 40 ballistic examinations were reversed in a couple of ballistic examinations conducted manually in the very end of the investigation. Such unexplained reversals which contradicted other evidence, such as testimonies of wounded protesters and results of forensic medical examinations, suggested that the findings of the new examinations of bullets were unreliable and likely falsified. The forensic ballistic examinations also found that many protesters were killed on February 18–20 by hunting pellets and expanding hunting bullets, in particular, with caliber that did not match calibers of weapons used by the special police company, whose members were charged with killings these protesters.[Katchanovsky]
A female Maidan medic during the massacre was pointing to the top of a building and shouting about snipers. But her words were translated in a BBC report as referring to six protesters killed by the snipers in that area. A Maidan protester and another Maidan medic, who were wounded near the same spot where two protesters were killed, both testified at the Maidan massacre trial that they were shot from this building. Government ballistic experts confirmed this during on-site investigative experiments.
These revelations were not reported by any Western media. This includes The New York Time, which on April 5, 2014, profiled this wounded protester against the backdrop of an unquestioned report by the acting Kiev regime that blaming “former President Viktor F. Yanukovych, his riot police and their suspected Russian assistants for the violence that killed more than 100 people in Kiev in February.” It also includes CNN, which filmed the shooting of this medic and attributed it to the government forces.
The Maidan regime investigation simply denies that there were any snipers there and in other Maidan-controlled buildings, and refuses to investigate them. This is done despite videos of such snipers and testimonies of the absolute majority of wounded protesters at the trial and investigation and more than 150 other witnesses about snipers in these locations.
The official investigation in Ukraine simply denies that there were any such snipers in Maidan-controlled buildings, even though the Prosecutor General Office of Ukraine previously stated that snipers massacred many protesters from the Hotel Ukraina and other buildings. 
Chronological History of Events Related to the Maidan Coup
Final Report on Russian Interference in the 2016 Election Released by the House Intelligence Committee