“Recently National police detained and by agreement of the GPU (Prosecutor General’s Office, - 112.international) serve the grounded suspicion to the persons of interests in case of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. It is the result of a very difficult and hard work of real specialists and the important step for complete solution of the case,” Avakov wrote.
European Solidarity MP Volodymyr Ariev noted on Facebook that police accuse musician and military Andriy Antonenko.
“The author of the anthem of the Joint Forces Operation, famous musician and military is trumped up this case! Without motive, without anything. I succeeded to talk to him – it is true; he is shocked, without exaggeration…It looks like purposeful repressions against the defenders of Ukraine,” Ariev wrote.
Antonenko confirmed that he is accused of the murder and noted that the law enforcers search his house.
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. Then 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, then 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.