Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko laments the fact that the murderer of journalist Pavlo Sheremet is still not named. He said this during the press conference, broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"I am seeing T-shirts "Who killed Pavlo?". I would like to express my position in this regard. Firstly, I knew and loved Pavlo, and I can say we were friends with him. The cynical murder was also shocking for me. I’ve seen him alive for the last time after the previous press conference," president noted.
"Unfortunately, I was expecting a better result and I am dissatisfied that murderer is still not named and not brought to justice. I would like to thank journalists who conducted their own investigation. I called Knyazev (Head of National Police — 112 International) right away and asked him to meet with the journalists and all materials at the disposal of journalists and experts, were attached to the case. I was told that the meeting took place," Poroshenko said.
President added that former Security Service officer Ustymenko, who appeared in the journalistic investigation, was called for interrogation on Monday.
"SSU Head has informed me that Ustymenko, who was mentioned in the investigation, quit Security Service of Ukraine in April 2014 after the Dignity Revolution together with 2 thousand other officers. And my information is the same."
As journalists revealed earlier, Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) was allegedly following journalist Pavlo Sheremet a night before he was killed, according to the investigation by OCCRP and Slidstvo.Info portal.
Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv in the morning of July 20, 2016. The car he was driving exploded in the city’s downtown. The vehicle belonged to his civilian wife, Editor-in-Chief of Ukrainska Pravda outlet Olena Prytula; she was not in the car at that moment. The Ukrainian police qualified the explosion as intentional homicide. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko assumed the murder could be the part of some ‘greater plan’, perhaps designed by the Kremlin. The key version of Sheremet’s murder was his professional activity.