News from Ukraine: FBI will help investigate Sheremet's murder - Ukraine's National Police chief

15:30 Jul. 20, 2016

FBI will help investigate Sheremet's murder - Ukraine's National Police chief

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko meets law enforcement agencies and security forces, following the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet (UNIAN Photo)

Special force task to be established in Ukraine

A special task force featuring representatives of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be set up in Ukraine to investigate journalist Pavlo Sheremet's murder.

This was reported by Ukraine's National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze at a briefing in Kyiv, July 20.

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"We - SBU's (Ukraine's Security Service) head, Prosecutor General, and I as National Police chief - have received clear instructions from President Poroshenko: we are creating a task force. The group will comprise our best investigators and SBU's officers. I met with FBI representatives (US), and they, too, will be involved in the investigation", Dekanoyidze said.

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

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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.

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