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 Commission on Ilovaisk Complains About Heletei: "Games Continue"

The temporary investigative commission (TIC) of the Verkhovna Rada on the tragic events in Ilovaisk continues to complain about Defense Minister Valerii Heletei, who is blocking its work.

This was stated by chairman of the Commission MP Andrii Senchenko on Thursday during a meeting of the commission, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"Games around the Commission continue. The Ministry of Defense is desperately searching for a line of defense or countering the work of the commission," Senchenko said.

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Thus, according to him, in the beginning of the week the Defense Ministry several times changed its decision regarding the participation in the Commission's work. Specifically, first, without explanation, it was stated that the commander of the 8th Army Corps of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Petro Lytvyn and first deputy commander of the same Corps Petro Romyhailo will not be attending the Commission meetings, but all the other military personnel will. Later, the Ministry of Defense sent a letter in which it reported that it will delegate anyone to the meetings of the TIC.

"That is, all the same manipulations on the part of the Defense Ministry continue with the aim of obstructing the work of the Commission," the lawmaker said.

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Senchenko also stated that there is still no answer from President Petro Poroshenko to the second appeal of the Commission. The MP explained that in the letter to the Head of State Commission had requested his assistance in questioning the Minister of Defense. The first letter of the TIC was replied on the 12th day by Head of Presidential Administration Borys Lozhkin. The reply stated that the letter was passed on to Minister of Defense Valerii Heletei and Chief of General Staff Viktor Muzhenko.

 
 
 
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