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"I consider his statement as a banal will to avoid criminal liability," Yuriy Lutsenko told LB.ua.

The Prosecutor General recalled that in the summer he had already appealed to the Cabinet with a demand to dismiss Danyliuk after the State Fiscal Service audited the minister and confirmed that he had failed to pay some UAH 700,000 in taxes.

"Danyliuk either has to pay taxes or be locked up," said Lutsenko.

On a separate notion, the Prosecutor General explained why the PGO launched criminal proceedings against the current leadership of Privatbank.

According to Lutsenko, People's Deputy Oleksandr Dubinin in September and November reported to the PGO and NABU [National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine] on the illegal activities of the state-owned "Privatbank" during the signing of agreements with Kroll and other companies.

Read alsoFinance Minister Danyliuk demands prosecutor general’s resignation"The law prohibits non-registration of reports. NABU has launched two cases, and we did – on additional episodes to the existing cases concerning Privat[bank].The investigators obtained a warrant to seize these contracts from the NBU and Privat[bank].But as a result of the testimony of deputy NBU governor Kateryna Rozhkova and the analysis of the law On the National Bank, We have established that Article 3 of the law allows the NBU to pay for audit services without bidding procedures, so we withdrew our orders and closed down these episodes. Similar cases launched by NABU are still hanging out there in the register," the prosecutor general concluded.

Read alsoPGO conducts search in PrivatBank HQ probing customer data leak to Russia - journalistAs reported earlier, Minister of Finance of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk demands the immediate resignation of Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko. In addition, he accused the Prosecutor General of allegedly delaying the process of investigating possible abuses by former top managers and owners of Privatbank. At the same time, criminal cases are actively being opened against the current leaders of the Bank, the Ministry of Finance, and the National Bank of Ukraine. These investigations are underway.