Ukrainian law enforcers will find those behind the murder of Ukrainian reporter Pavlo Sheremet. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said this, having heard the report of Serhiy Knyazev, the Head of the National Police of Ukraine.
"I think we will have a result. And we will find [them]. The police, the prosecutor's office, the Security Service will help finish the investigation in this case. And the people who committed the murder will be found. So far, it's all I can say", Zelensky said.
He urged the media and the civil society not to put too much pressure on the detectives. Zelensky also said he understood why the law enforcers could not release the official results of the investigation.
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 the 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.
Beyond that, a joint investigation of OCCRP and Slidstvo.Info portal has recently established that Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) could be following journalist Pavlo Sheremet a night before he was killed.
In August 2018, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said the investigation had new information in the case of murder of the journalist Pavlo Sheremet, which could possibly point to the performers and customers.