Passing of the fighters of Berkut to the Russian side within the prisoner swap do not hinder the investigation of Maidan cases as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Prosecutor General of Ukraine Ruslan Ryaboshapka.
“The issue of Berkut law enforcers and the fact that they are not in Ukraine are far from the key issues in this case. The case is considered at the court, there are no accused,” he said.
“There is another issue: why these accused were in custody for four years without the decision of the court, how long this process would take place and how long they would be in custody without the recognition of their guilt,” he noted.
Ryaboshapka believes that the passing of Maidan cases to the State Investigation Bureau will give impetus to the investigation, including the establishment of the instigators of the crimes committed during the Revolution of Dignity in 2014.
The Prosecutor General called the investigation of the crimes committed during the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 to be a difficult situation.
“We should realize that the way the investigation was held, unfortunately, did not provide the answers on the key questions to the society. We have overwhelming questions to the quality of the holding of investigation. Part of materials just disappeared, the investigation was just sabotaged on other moments,” Ryaboshapka underlined.
“The issue is that the investigation was organized in such a way that it failed to establish the leaders or instigators. That is why we see mostly cases on the common perpetrators, militsiya, judges or prosecutors and we cannot provide the evidence on people who were instigators, made decisions,” he added.
On December 28, Kyiv court changed the restrictive measure from the detention to the personal commitments for five former law enforcers – Oleh Yanyshevsky, Pavlo Abroskin, Serhiy Zinchenko, Oleksandr Marinchenko, and Serhiy Tamtura. All of them were suspected in the commitment of the crimes in Maidan. Moreover, former Berkut fighters are on the exchange list between Ukraine and occupied Donbas.
Later the protest started near Lukyanivske detention center. People stood against the release of former Berkut law enforcers.
As we reported earlier, on December 29, Ukraine and representatives of the militant-held Donbas exchanged prisoners; these are political prisoners, POWs, and civilians, some of which were not even convicted. The venue was the Mayorske checkpoint in the Donetsk region.
Ukraine passed 127 people to the non-controlled territory, and the Russian mercenaries passed 76 people to Ukraine; 12 of these were military servicemen. Another 14 people refused to be exchanged.