Leader of the pro-Russian militants' organization Oplot Yevgeny Zhilin, killed several days ago in Moscow area, was working closely with the Yanukovych tenure officials and took part in crimes directly committed by Russian agents in the territory of Ukraine.
"I can say that according to our sources, Zhilin was indeed eliminated. I must confess I have absolutely no regrets, good riddance. As for the value of such an individual, Zhilin was priceless since he was working closely with the officials of the previous government, I mean with Yanukovych regime officials, given the crimes committed against the Maidan. He knew quite a lot as he was involved in funding 'titushkas,' militants, and weapons," he said.
According to the adviser to interior minister, Zhilin was well informed of the actions, provocations, and crimes committed directly by the Russian special services in the territory of Ukraine and in eastern Ukraine during the attempts to create the so-called 'Novorossia'.
"He was a really valuable witness," Shkiriak said.
Asked whether there ever was a possibility to detain Zhilin, he said: "I wish we were able to detain him at that point, but he immediately left for Russia, first travelled to Belgorod, and then further to Moscow. It was impossible to detain him in the territory of the Russian Federation. I should say that our law enforcement agencies were not in very good shape in the spring of 2014. It was the time of loss of morale, the beginning of the formation of the new Ukrainian law enforcement system, and we had no such opportunities we have now. Of course, if it happened now, the result would be completely different".