The head of the National Corps Andriy Biletsky made public a statement concerning the attack on the bus of activists from Patriots - For Life organization near Kharkiv.
He did not directly confirm that his people had attacked it but made it clear that he supported such actions, as Strana agency reports.
“If such a situation happened, then, I think, this is a reaction to the inaction of the Ukrainian special services and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. People who remember 2014 and pro-Russian units,” he said.
He also commented on the detention of 14 young men who, according to the police, attacked the bus.
“As far as I know, these people have nothing to do with this case. If they do, then I hope that the Security Service of Ukraine, which should deal with this, the General Prosecutor's Office will have the will, conscience and character in this regard and will award these guys with medals for fighting against separatism, and that's it,” he added.
Earlier, on August 27, on Kyiv-Kharkiv highway near Lyubotyn, representatives of the National Corps and Azov carried out an armed attack on a bus transporting 22 people of the Patriots For Life organization. The bus was blocked and the bus was shelled from automatic arms. Two people received gunshot wounds, they are in serious condition. After shelling from automatic weapons the members of Patriots - For Life organization, the attackers were shooting from traumatic weapons, as a result of which two more people were injured. During the attack, one member of the organization was kidnapped. This was reported by the press service of the Opposition Platform – For Life.
"This crime of the National Corps and Azov is a consequence of the impunity of the far-right radicals acting under the direct patronage and incitement of the authorities, including President Zelensky, who openly declares his support for their position," the party's statement says.
At the same time, MP from the Opposition Platform - For Life party Oleh Voloshyn said that his political force will ask the European Parliament to recognize the National Corps as a terrorist organization.
President Volodymyr Zelensky also reacted to this incident. He stressed that the impunity of certain individuals gave rise to lawlessness, and therefore, investigations in such cases should be carried out quickly, and the court should be impartial.
“We have been listening to the slogan 'Law is the same for everybody' for decades. But we see what empty promises lead to! Many law enforcement agencies have focused on economic and corruption crimes, which are certainly important to fight, but we must prevent a return to the 90s with brazen showdowns on the streets," Zelensky said.