News from Ukraine: Sheremet's Assassination: Ukraine Prosecutor General voices two versions

19:38 Jul. 20, 2016

Sheremet's Assassination: Ukraine Prosecutor General voices two versions

Pavlo Sheremet (UNIAN Photo)

Earlier, Ukrainian officials said that FBI experts and EU Advisory Mission will help investigate the murder 

Investigators think that journalist Pavlo Sheremet's murder might have been connected with his professional activities and/or an intent to destabilize the situation in central Ukraine.

This was announced by Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko during the emergency meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and heads of law enforcement agencies.

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"Apart from his professional activity that might have been a motive for the murder, we are considering the version of destabilizing the situation in Kyiv", Lutsenko said.

Chairman of the SBU (Ukraine's State Security Service) Vasyk Hrytsak assured that security forces together with the best specialists are conducting coordinated investigations.

"We have a home-made bomb database. We rely on advice and practical asistance from our foreign partners", Hrytsak said.

According to him, the SBU will work on the 'destabilization' version.

Acclaimed Ukrainian-Belarusian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed early Wednesday, July 20, in a car explosion in Kyiv's centre.

The exploded car belonged to Olena Prytula, owner of Ukrainska Pravda, which is an influential online newspaper that focuses on news and political coverage in Ukraine. However, Ms Prytula was not in the vehicle at the moment the blast occurred, at 07:45 Kyiv time.

Police qualified Sheremet's death as a murder, which sparked a massive political and public outcry.

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