Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the President of Ukraine.
"We should always remember the price paid for an opportunity to build our state. These crimes must be punished," he emphasized.
The president expressed gratitude to the families of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred for cooperation in the investigation of crimes against the activists of the Revolution of Dignity. Poroshenko noted that investigative institutions had certain flaws, but substantial progress had been achieved in recent months.
"According to the Prosecutor General's Office, 18 verdicts against 26 persons have already been issued, 84 cases are now being considered by the court, 11 cases have been submitted to the court and they will be considered in February. 63 proceedings are at the phase of pre-trial investigation. 16 individuals are held in custody, among them six Berkut officials and five 'titushky'. Cases of 13 more Berkut officials and eight 'titushky' are being considered by the court," the report reads.
President conferred Hero of Ukraine title to Maidan activist Viktor Orlenko posthumously. PHOTO
"Some criminals who killed the Ukrainian heroes have already been imprisoned. I would like to emphasize once again that nobody will remain unpunished," Poroshenko stressed.
He also informed that the SBU had identified weapons used to kill Maidan activists.
The president noted that the Parliament will adopt a special law on trial in absentia. Currently, it can be initiated solely against persons declared internationally wanted by Interpol. "It shouldn't let criminals hide in Russia. We are now starting court proceedings, evidence was collected and the verdict must be issued. Not only Berkut and militia commanders must be responsible, but also those who ordered the issuance of weapons," he stressed.
Poroshenko added that the punishment of judges who had issued illegal verdicts against Automaidan activists was under his personal control.
"Nobody will avoid responsibility. It is not revenge. Security officials should never ever use weapons against Ukrainian people. Ukraine must remain a democratic state forever," the president concluded.
Poroshenko and his spouse honored memory of Heavenly Hundred heroes. PHOTOS
Head of the public organization "Family of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred" Ihor Huryk, father of the killed activist Roman Huryk, thanked the leader for support and understanding of the families of the fallen heroes. He called on other non-governmental organizations to refrain from protests these days. "It is important for us to honor the dignity of the victims," he said. "Unity is very important for our nation at the moment to understand that we can take care of its integrity to overcome the aggressor and bring to life the ideas of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundreds and their desire to build a European state", he said.
He also expressed concern that the investigation of Maidan crimes might stop from March 1 because the current edition of the law on the State Bureau of Investigation will come into force.
The president assured that he will not allow the investigation to stop because of the imperfection of the laws.
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