Chief prosecutor says Savchenko plotted terrorist attack on parliament
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says investigators have clear evidence that Ukrainian Member of Parliament Nadiia Savchenko personally gave instructions on how to prepare a terrorist attack on the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament.
"The investigation has irrefutable evidence that Ukrainian MP Nadiia Savchenko personally planned, personally gave instructions on how to commit a terrorist act here, in this hall, to destroy the government and official sectors with grenades, and cause the Verkhovna Rada's dome to fall by firing mortars and kill survivors with machine guns," Lutsenko said at a parliament session meeting on March 15, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
Lutsenko noted he would submit a motion to the Verkhovna Rada for the arrest of MP Savchenko.
As earlier reported, Savchenko is suspected of complicity and participation in preparations for a coup d'etat in Ukraine in the case of Volodymyr Ruban, the Head of the Ukrainian "Officer Corps" center for the exchange of prisoners of war.
Ruban was detained on the contact line with the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" at the Maiorsk checkpoint in Donetsk region on March 8.
He reportedly attempted to smuggle a huge arsenal of weapons from the militant-occupied areas into the government-controlled territory.
Ruban is being charged with preparing a terrorist attack and illegal possession of weapons. In addition, he is suspected of plotting an assassination of the president of Ukraine and a number of top officials in Kyiv.
Ruban has denied all charges, claiming he merely acted as a truck driver and knew nothing about the weapons hidden in furniture in the back of the vehicle.
On March 9, 2018, Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky district court chose a preventive measure for Ruban – 60-day imprisonment without bail.