Law enforcement officers consider the connection of Ukrainian National Guard soldiers to the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. This was reported in an interview to DW by Serhiy Knyazev, the Chief of Ukrainian National Police.
Answering the question whether this means that police asked for access to phone calls made from the location of Azov regiment’s base, he said that police consider such version and include this step also.
Explaining why the high profile crime was not solved yet, Head of National Police announced that it was prepared by people who had a thorough strategy and reduced number of their mistakes to minimum. They are one the video collected in the first three days after journalist was killed, Knyazev noted.
"All this time we were examining the footage, checked enormous amount of information. The results were shown in February. Huge numbers of police employees are working on the investigation of this case, believe me. The whole department of SBU is also working simultaneously and cooperates with us. However we get all the negative reaction somehow," the police chief noted, adding that National Police does cooperate with SBU closely.
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.