Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"No armed units will walk the streets of Ukrainian cities": Presidential Administration told ambassadors about investigation into Mukacheve incident

July 14, 2015 Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Andrii Taranov, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak held a meeting at the Presidential Administration with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Ukraine, where they reported on the actions of the authorities to ensure stability following the Mukacheve incident. Andrii Taranov noted that the growing tension in the Donbas was synchronized with the destabilization in the west of Ukraine. According to him, thorough and fundamental investigation of all circumstances of the incident and regarding all persons involved will be carried out. Corresponding staff decisions will also be taken. "No high-rank patronage or representative mandates will let anyone get away from responsibility," he stressed.

Taranov particularly noted: "Law enforcement bodies will use all means at their disposal to combat black market, smuggling and corruption." "No political force will have any armed branches. No armed units will walk the streets of Ukrainian cities," the deputy head stated. Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak dwelt on the course of events in Mukacheve on July 11, law enforcement activities and the role of the Right Sector representatives in the incident. "In recent days, more than 40 searches have been conducted with firearms and other evidence of criminal activity having been seized. Four men involved in the incident have been detained. Prosecutor General's Office is investigating three criminal cases on the facts of the events," the SBU chairman stated.
"No one is allowed to walk with firearms across peaceful cities of Ukraine, open fire and justify it by saying they are at war with mafia. Criminals who have committed offenses have no right to hide behind the Ukrainian patriots, who took part in the conflict in the Donbas and the Revolution of Dignity," the SBU chairman stressed.