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Bullet injury in the chest: How activist Mykhailyk survived an assassination attempt

Author : News Agency 112.ua

The Police consider five theories for the attack on public activist Oleh Mykhailyk in Odesa
12:00, 26 September 2018

September 22, Oleh Mykhailyk, Head of city organization of the party "The Power of People," Odesa public activist was shot. His shoulder and chest were injured, and he is in serious condition. Find out brief information on his public activity and why someone could with his death

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On the eve of a large rally in Odesa: about 200 representatives of patriotic organizations, public figures, and ordinary citizens picketed the regional National Police headquarter. In their opinion, law enforcers lack the responsibility in performing their duties; they often allow attacks against activists. "Attacks have become systemic, and the police do nothing to catch the attackers," people claimed.

Those who gathered even intended enter the headquarter building without permitting to force commander-in-chief Dmytro Golovin to clarify the situation, in particular how the investigation of the last egregious case - the attempt on the life of Oleh Mykhailyk is proceeding. The commander-in-chief went to the scene of another crime, and the protesters had to calm down a bit. The protesters began an open-ended rally.

Bullets fired at the chest and shoulder

The public activist, head of city organization of the party "The Power of People," and the TV presenter of "7 Channel" Oleh Mykhailyk was attacked on his way home.

According to preliminary data of law enforcers, between 20:30 and 21:30 the man had been hit by seven bullets. One of the bullets hit the shoulder and his chest.

Related: Attack on Mykhailyk: His condition stabilizes, he provided with guard

As Dumska reported, Mykhailyk first turned to the policemen who passed by, then the ambulance arrived and other services came to the spot as well.

The man was immediately hospitalized, the doctors tried to stabilize his condition, as the patient arrived in a state of clinical death: he lost more than a liter of blood, and his arterial blood pressure was critically low (30/10).

On the morning of the next day, Mykhailyk came to his senses and even managed to talk to his wife and law enforcers. His state is assessed as stable heavy, and doctors do hurry to remove a bullet from his chest (it occurs after the patient's condition is stabilized, after two or three months).

Mykhailyk is guarded by the police.

5 versions of the motives for the attack

Criminal proceedings were opened on part 2 of Art. 15, part 1 of Art. 115 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code (complete attempt at an intentional homicide).

Law enforcers assure an extensive set of investigative actions is made. Currently, the police are preparing for a series of forensic examinations, including ballistic to establish weapons, used for shooting Mykhailyk. To investigate the attack, a special reinforced investigative and operational group was created, engaging experienced investigators and employees of the Security Service (SBU).

Related: Police consider five theories for attack on public activist in Odesa

At the moment, law enforcement officers are considering five main versions of the commission of this crime.

"The first version is connected with public activities, the second one is related to the problems with the "Gold Coast" project (Mykhailyk was a cheated investor and he organized protest rallies - Ed.). The third one is connected with the "Success" car market (fought against new owners of the car market – Ed.). The fourth version relates to some personal relationships, and the fifth - an attempt was committed by unidentified persons with some hooligan motives," the head of the Odesa region police, Dmytro Golovin, explained in an interview with 112.ua.

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Dmytro Golovin

According to him, Mykhailyk was shot only once. The shell was not found at the scene, so there is a suggestion that the killer used Nagant M1895 Revolver.

At the same time, Mykhailyk’s supporters believe that local authorities stand behind the attempts on his life and their motives are very clear.

"The attempt on the life of Oleh Mykhailyk was made... Why? Because the criminal power of Odesa is afraid of progressive leaders and of changes in the city. Because of the public events against the mayor, exposing his corrupt and criminal activities. Because of defending the cultural and architectural heritage of Odesa. Because of the fight against illegal construction. and most importantly because of the struggle for a decent life of Odesa and Ukraine," Odesa organization of the party "The Power of People" says in its official statement.

Related: Handziuk has 11 surgeries since attack

Protests and training: Mykhailyk’s activities

Shortly before the attack, Oleh Mykhailyk, along with other activists, participated in the demolition of the fence around the construction of the Langeron beach near the dolphinarium. The building, which Odesa activists consider illegal, involved the deputy of the city council, the deputy military commissar of the Prymorsky district, Andriy Kyslovsky, who is also the owner of the Nemo dolphinarium. 150 Odesa residents joined the rally.

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Mykhailyk took part in numerous protests: he fought for the preservation of Odesa Summer Theater; opposed the zoning of the city and illegal construction; repeatedly criticized the work of Odesa city government, in particular, Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov.

In addition, Mykhailyk was famous for organizing the first in Odesa and Ukraine "School of Local Government" for training citizens, social activists, public figures, deputies of local councils, and their assistants.

Related: Far-rights protest in Kyiv, seize Prosecutor General's Office

This year, he has created an open public platform "Odesa 2020," uniting several diverse public organizations and charitable foundations to solve social problems, fight corruption and conduct educational events without budgetary support from Odesa city authorities.

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The political party "The Power of People," Mykhailyk is its member, stands for ideas of decentralization with the preservation of unitarity, the middle class as the state basis, the cult of the child and the family, a visa-free regime with the USA and Canada, open electoral lists, NATO, etc.

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Meeting of the National Security and Defense Council and the report of Ombudswoman Denisova

After the attack and protests outside the building of the regional police chief Odesa, activists have made a joint statement. In it, in particular, they appealed to:

  • President Petro Poroshenko with an urgent call to discuss the situation at an extraordinary meeting of the National Security and Defense Council and create a single headquarters to monitor the investigation of all the facts of the attack against journalists and activists;
  • Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, SBU Chief Vasyl Hrytsak, and Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko with a request to dismiss the heads of the Odesa Police Headquarters, the Security Service, and the Prosecutor's Office, as well as their deputies;
  • Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova with a demand to provide a report on the state of affairs in Odesa region on the observance of the rights of journalists, social activists and the investigation of the relevant criminal proceedings;
  • Verkhovna Rada with an ask to create a special investigative commission on the situation in Odesa, to protect the rights of representatives of civil society.

At the moment about 50 organizations of Odesa have signed this statement.

This was not the only attack against Ukrainian activists that happened these days. September 23, in Lviv, about 20 neo-Nazis armed with knives and telescopic batons have attacked a group of left-wing social activists. Young men and women received numerous wounds including life-threatening ones. One of the victims, being out of consciousness, was transferred to the reanimation, he was stabbed near the heart area. The activists recognized faces of the aggressors, who were members of the National Corps, a far-right party based on the Azov military regiment. This incident was given much less publicity in Ukraine’s media.

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