Week’s milestones. Breakthrough of National Police, Groysman’s economy, and elements of influence
The national police said they apprehended the suspect in the murder of lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska. Petro Poroshenko met with Ukraine’s delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk. PM Volodymyr Groysman focused on the economy. Mikheil Saakashvili is changing tactics. Ukraine is attacked by “exposing” fake news.
A breakthrough has been reached in the investigation into a high-profile slaying of a Kyiv lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska, according to the leadership of the National Police. The suspect, Yuriy Rossoshansky, who is a father of a suspect in a deadly car accident case, which Nozdrovska closely followed, was taken into custody for two months by Vyshgorod district court. The man has reportedly confessed to committing the crime but never repented. It is interesting to note that Nozdrovska’s lawyers are not in a rush to take the investigation’s conclusions for granted. One thing can be underlined with a high degree of certainty: the case never span out of control into something alike the events in Vradiyivka when a huge public outrage was a result of police arbitrariness on the ground a few years ago.
The situation in Donbass continues to significantly affect Ukraine as a whole. This was among Petro Poroshenko’s agenda points during his meeting with Ukraine’s representatives in the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement. Obviously, one of the delegation’s priorities will also remain the struggle for the liberation of Ukrainian prisoners. In this context, two facts are worth noting: almost simultaneously with Poroshenko’s meeting, Putin hosted in Moscow his Ukrainian ally Viktor Medvedchuk, whose direct contact with the Kremlin’s leader also facilitates prisoner exchange, while the Verkhovna Rada is preparing to consider a bill on Donbas reintegrations, which, among other things, is set to recognize Russia as an aggressor state.
While potential participants in the presidential race are showing off their muscles and developing their strategies, Prime Minister Groysman chose to focus on ensuring the country’s economic growth. He voiced the desire to achieve a 5% growth of the Ukrainian economy in the coming year. Also, while on a trip to Mariupol, he showered criticism on the initiators of the blockade of transport communication with the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the act that inflicted huge losses to the national economy. The head of government calls his priority the work to enhance Ukraine's defenses and economic growth. We are yet to see how this is all going to be implemented.
Mikheil Saakashvili, with the Damocles sword looming over him in the form of a “guilty” verdict handed down against him by the Georgian court, intends to change his political tactics. The leader of the "Movement of New Forces" gave up on the idea of setting up weekly rallies on Sundays and now intends to focus on continuing the search for "300 Spartans" he suggests are needed to change Ukraine’s political system. To this end, Saakashvili intends to resume his trips across Ukraine’s regions, not refusing at the same time to report to the investigators willing to interrogate him. However, the politician said no to a request to provide samples of his voice for audio examination in light of the recent tapes revealed by law enforcers suggesting that he had agreed on financial assistance for his turbulent political campaign in Ukraine from one of Ukraine’s fugitive oligarchs from the Yanukovych entourage, Serhiy Kurchenko.
The "Poroshenko's report to the FSB", published by Rustavi-2 TV channel, which was allegedly written back in 2007, not only raises doubts about its credibility. Increasingly obvious is a trend to use foreign media for shaping up information agenda in Ukraine and to influence its political elite. This is only the tip of the iceberg, and unfortunately, more “revelations” are still to come, it seems.