Poroshenko reacts to activist Handziuk's death
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on law enforcement agencies to make every effort to bring to responsibility those guilty of the acid attack on a Kherson city council official and prominent civic activist Kateryna Handziuk, who died at a Kyiv hospital November 4 after a long treatment.
Speaking to a Ukrainian community in Antalya during his Turkey visit, Poroshenko said: “I have just been informed that activist Kateryna Handziuk, who was splashed with acid in a monstrous attack, unfortunately, died in a hospital,” Poroshenko said.
“Now I'd like to ask our law enforcers to do everything possible to find the murderers, punish them, to make sure that they appear at the dock. We all must join forces to make this happen, help law enforcement agencies, the police, so that the evil is punished,” Poroshenko said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Kherson activist, adviser to the Mayor of Kherson and acting manager of affairs at Kherson City Council's executive committee Kateryna Handziuk on July 31 survived an act of acid throwing. Handziuk's injury was over 30% of the total body surface area, and doctors assessed her condition as serious.
She was transferred to a Kyiv hospital, where died on November 4 after long treatment. She reportedly died of a blood clot.
Police qualified the attack on the official as an attempted murder committed with extreme cruelty.
Six suspects were detained, one of whom was later released from custody as charges against him were dropped.
Three suspects – Vyacheslav Vishnevsky, Volodymyr Vasyanovych, and Viktor Horbunov – are now under house arrest.
The alleged organizer of the assassination, Serhiy Torbin, remains in custody.