September 30, Kyiv police said that they were establishing the circumstances of the injury to the employee of the US Embassy.
According to them, bystanders found a woman with a head injury in a forested area near the railway tracks on the Tolbukhina street, Shevchenko district of Kyiv. She was hospitalized in an unconscious condition, and in a few, she died in a hospital.
"When inspecting the victim's belongings, an identity card of an employee of the US Embassy in her name was found," the police said.
Speaker of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Artem Shevchenko shared photos from the scene of the tragedy.
In this picture, according to Shevchenko, a minor witness shows on a dummy exactly where he found the woman's body.
According to the information in the media, Sanver Nikaelo, an employee of the US Embassy, was killed.
Versions of what happened
One of the announced versions is premeditated murder:
"As a result of the urgent first-priority investigative actions, law enforcement officers have established that a man who looks 30-40 years old, 190-200 cm tall, dressed in black shorts, dark blue sneakers, and a T-shirt, with dark hair. The search continues."
Also, law enforcement officers did not rule out a version of an accident.
"The body was in sportswear and headphones. We do not exclude a version of the death of a pedestrian as a result of train injuries," the Interior Ministry spokesman said.
The President's Office also voiced these two versions:
"At the moment, a version of both premeditated murder and an accident is being considered," the statement published on the agency's website on October 1 says.
As reported by "Censor.NET", referring to a source in law enforcement agencies, the employee of the US Embassy, most likely, was caught by a passing train when she was jogging on a working branch of the railway.
The woman was wearing headphones, because of which she did not hear it approaching. According to the source, she has a deep wound (about 4 cm) in the back of her head.
At the same time, a Ukrainian News source in the National Police noted that an accident is the priority version of the tragedy. He also clarified that there are no CCTV cameras in the area where the woman was found.
Statement by the President’s Office
The department expressed condolences in connection with the death of an employee of the US Embassy:
"She has four children and a husband left. We express our sincere condolences to the relatives, friends, and colleagues of the deceased."
According to the President’s Office, the Ukrainian authorities and the Office of the President, in particular, will "do everything possible to help clarify all the circumstances of this terrible case."
"We emphasize the need for a prompt and comprehensive investigation. If this tragedy occurred as a result of malicious intent, the perpetrators must be legally punished," the department stated.
U.S. Embassy reaction
The diplomatic department said they are working together with the Ukrainian authorities to establish the circumstances of the death of their employee.
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