"On Nov. 9, the Kyiv Court of Appeal reversed the first instance court judgement of Oct. 16, 2016 on the suspension of Bucha City Council Secretary Vasyl Oleksiuk and reinstated him in office.
"Today, the Kyiv Court of Appeal is considering a similar appeal by Bucha Mayor Anatolii Fedoruk.
"The suspension of the local government executives led to an absurd situation where the work of Bucha authorities was blocked as there was nobody to replace the suspended officials. In fact, such a substitution was not stipulated since there is only one way to suspend a local government executive for an indefinite period known as election. However, there is no decision on election, and taking such a decision lies within the competence of the parliament.
"Oleksiuk and Fedoruk are indicted for abuse of power but the trial is still far away.
"The matter is that the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) questions the legality of assigning 14 hectares of Bucha's land in favor of State Customs Service ex-chief Ihor Kaletnyk who acquired the tract by parts from 141 persons.
"In order to challenge the assigning of land to Kaletnyk, the PGO has attached almost all the land in Bucha (890 hectares) being the subject of council's decisions. Now it is a matter of litigation.
"Kaletnyk himself fled to Russia. However, he has filed a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights.
"This case is very symptomatic not only for Bucha but for the entire local government in Ukraine," Butusov wrote.