Ukraine's acting interior minister said on Feb. 26 he had disbanded the elite Berkut riot police that protesters blamed for most of the deaths in last week's carnage in Kiev that claimed nearly 100 lives.

"There is no Berkut any longer", acting interior minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook account. "I have signed Decree No. 144, dated Feb. 25 on the dissolution of the Berkut special police units of civil defence."

Note: The "Berkut" was the system of special units of the Ukrainian militsiya (police) within the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Initially used to fight organized crime, it became used as the Police (Militsiya) for Public Security. 

Berkut was implicated in nearly 100 civilian death, during violent clashes in Kyiv.