The National Police of Ukraine detained and served with charges figurants in the case of murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced this on Facebook.
European Solidarity MP Volodymyr Ariev reported on Facebook that one of the charges was brought against musician and military serviceman Andriy Antonenko (known also under the pseudonym Riffmaster).
“A case is trumped up against the author of Special Operations Forces anthem, famous musician and a military serviceman! Without motive, without anything. I managed to talk to him - it's true, he is in shock, without exaggeration...It looks like targeted repression against the defenders of Ukraine," Ariev wrote.
The information was confirmed by Antonenko himself, who wrote the following on his page:
“I'm being charged with the murder of Sheremet. Right now. In my yard. There will be searches. Help!"
A briefing was announced at 17:00. Here are the details that have already been voiced by the police.
- The investigation into the murder of Sheremet worked on the main version - destabilization of the social and political situation in the country by killing a famous person.
- During the development of the version, the investigation examined all the explosions that occurred on the territory of Ukraine before and after Sheremet murder.
- According to the head of the National Police, Yevhen Koval, 3,700 questionings, 47 forensics, 800 seizures of documents, including mobile communications, were carried out. Records from more than 200 cameras were analyzed.
- According to the investigation, the suspects are in one group and may be involved in other crimes.
- Performers are Yana Duhar, Yulia Kuzmenko, Andriy Antonenko and the Hryshchenko family.
- During the analysis, investigators paid attention to the explosion of the power tower in Chaplynka in 2015. One of the organizers was a citizen nicknamed ‘Nazik.’ In the photo from the scene, law enforcers focused on the unknown “dressed in clothes with a specific image on the back.”
- Investigators studied the circle of acquaintances and took note of Antonenko. He also wears clothes “with specific images that are similar to the images on the clothes of a likely killer.” Later on, connections between Kuzmenko and citizen K (nickname 'Pseudo-electrician') were found.
- In the second crime, which interested the police (attempted assassination of citizen Ch. in Kosovo), "a self-made explosive device, almost identical to the one used to blow up Sheremet’s car, was used.
- A car, which was used during the laying of explosives under vehicle of citizen Ch., and the person who rented the car and drove the customer, was found.
- “This way, citizen V. with the nickname ‘Pistol,’ came into the attention of the investigation. The Hryshchenko family: Vladyslav Hryshchenko (nickname ‘Bucha’) and Inna Hryshchenko (nickname ‘Puma’) were identified as the suspects in this murder attempt.
- DNA traces of these individuals were discovered on explosives with the help of molecular forensic.
- Vladyslav Hryshchenko was the first person to be detained by the police.
Later the information about another detention appeared. Companions of the volunteer and military doctor Yulia Kuzmenko reported that she was also detained in the Sheremet case.
Vladyslav Hryshchenko was the first to be detained by the police.
Other factors, according to Koval: during the search, an unknown man came to Hryshchenko to take get his personal car, who later "appeared to be a citizen K "Electric, "who was mentioned during the investigation
of the case of damaging support structures in Kherson."
"That is, it became clear for us, for the investigation team, that there's a connection between these groups, which were investigated separately, those were not separate groups.
"There were close family and friends of Hryshchenko at the hearing to support him, those people have already resurfaced in the eyesight of the law enforcers.
There was Kuzmenko, who is living together with citizen K. "Electric", was there on one of the mutual photos.
A person named Dugar also caused the interest of the enforcement officers.
"An active operational kicked off, it was decided to summon citizen V. ("Pistol") for questioning in the Sheremet case.
When the Pistol was handed the summons, he immediately informed Puma about it.
The conversation shows that the interlocutors do not perceive the topic of Sheremet's murder as extraneous and alien to themselves. Moreover, the challenge of questioning one of the group members was perceived by them as a certain threat.
The next day after being called and questioned by the police, citizen V., pseudo "Pistol", commits suicide by shooting himself in the head from a hunting rifle.
In the recording, Hryshchenko says that his suicide is cool for them, and as it is commented, and "Pistol" couldn't make it with Sheremet case.
The fact that an "ordinary 26-year-old girl" Dugar had a whole minesweeper's outfit and a 6 cell phones in the apartment made investigators suspicious.
Physiologically, Yana Duhar appeared to look very similar to a girl who carried out reconnaissance near Sheremet's house and took pictures of city street surveillance cameras on her mobile phone.
Her telephone was not found among the subscribers, "which proves that the cell phone was not activated on the cellular network.
"One week before Sheremet's murder, in 2016, according to investigators, "Bucha" received an order to kill one of the farmers in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
He informed law enforcement officers and reported the customer to the police. Now "Bucha" uses this fact as his alibi.
"One of the best UK specialists", Ivon Birch, was recruited for further forensic tests.
His conclusions are as follows: the male, who participated in the laying an explosive device at Sheremet's car, is Antonenko.
The second conclusion is that a female who was laying the explosive is Yulia Kuzmenko.
What was important for the investigation is that in his everyday life Antonenko often used clothes with specific prints - the drawings appeared to be identical to those spotted on clothing with the man laying explosives at the car of Sheremet. Antonenko was living near the crime scene and is well oriented to the area.
What is known about Andriy Antonenko?
Sergeant Special Operations Forces.
Rock band leader
The author of the unofficial anthem of the SOF “Тихо прийшов, тихо пішов.” ("Quietly came, quietly left")
The note on suspicion to Antonenko’s says that he was fond of ultranationalist ideas and cultivated the greatness of the Aryan race.
What is known about Yana Duhar?
According to Dugar's Facebook page, she works in 25th Airborne Brigade.
Here's what the 25th Dnipropetrovsk Airborne Brigade wrote about Yana Duhar on their page a year ago:
"Junior sergeant Yana Duhar, nurse of one of the paratrooper battalions of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. With the start of Russian aggression in the East of Ukraine, Yana went to the aid of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. A doctor and a fragile girl, who saves lives and health of the defenders day and night, while being directly at the epicenter of events, on the contact line.
It is noteworthy that Junior Sergeant Yana Duhar has received Order For Courage of III class, awarded with the badge "For exemplary service," the medal "For the defense of Avdiivka," the medal "For Saving Lives," the chest Badge of Honor from the Minister of Defense of Ukraine and others.
What is known about Yulia Kuzmenko?
Head of the Department of X-ray angiography and endovascular surgery at the Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.
Volunteer and military medic. According to investigators, she was the one who mined Sheremet’s car.
Who is Vladyslav Hryshchenko?
“Cyborg.” He participated in the defense of Donetsk airport. Media reported that he was also a mine clearance specialist of the 95th brigade. Ukrainian Truth agency says that Vladyslav more than once appeared on the dock: for theft, fraud, extortion, hooliganism and robbery.
At the beginning of 2009, Hryshchenko came out on parole, but after 2.5 years, he was imprisoned again for theft. He was supposed to be in prison for 4 years, but he was released ahead of schedule, at the end of 2013.
In 2017, ‘Bucha’ asked to remove conviction ahead of schedule due to volunteer service, military awards and a positive profile.
However, the court refused Hryshchenko.
Who is Inna Hryshchenko?
Inna Hryshchenko (‘Puma'), like her husband, she was a volunteer from the Right Sector. Previously she worked in a pre-trial detention center and in the Buchanska colony. After the participation in conflcit, she was a co-founder of the restaurant ‘Patriot’ in Lviv, and also worked at Pizza Veterano.
Andriy Antonenko has already commented to reporters on the situation. 112 Ukraine broadcasts from the scene.
According to him, he is suspected of organizing a murder.
“It's just the whole major package. As with Yulia Kuzmenko, a respected doctor and a third person, whose surname I don’t know.”
Ex-President Petro Poroshenko wrote about one of the suspects, Andriy Antonenko in 2017.
MP Yana Zinkevich on her Facebook page presented the alibi of one of the suspects, Yana Dugar.