As reported by Censor.NET, Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko has declared a major development in the investigation into the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet.
"There is a major breakthrough in the investigation," he said at a briefing.
However, the prosecutor general refused to unveil details of the probe.
The law enforcement agency head was also reluctant to comment on the result of the recent check into S14 nationalist organization activists' possible involvement in the murder.
As reported, prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in downtown Kyiv on Wednesday morning, July 20. The incident is preliminary qualified as murder. National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze said the investigation into the killing of Sheremet would be a matter of honor for her. Kyiv prosecutor Hovda took the probe under personal control. The Information Policy Ministry is set to establish an inter-agency working group to investigate the death of Sheremet. Investigators follow up six versions in Sheremet's killing.
According to witnesses, the explosion occurred when Sheremet stopped at an exit to a main road. They noted high detonation velocity.
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine extended condolences to Pavel Sheremet's family, friends and colleagues, hoping for a thorough investigation into his death.
Prosecutor General Lutsenko commented on the tragedy: "The death of Sheremet was due to anexplosive device. It's a murder." Later, the Interior Ministry added a homemade explosive device was used, its power equivalent to 600 grams of TNT.
President Poroshenko met with the heads of Ukraine's law enforcement agencies, after which a special investigative group was set up under the leadership of National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze. Ukrainehas invited FBI and Europol experts to help in the probe. The Security Service will consider the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine as a motive for Sheremet's murder. Meanwhile, Poroshenko asked for a transparent and prompt investigation: "Do not exclude any version. We'll not let anyone open a second front inside the country."
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