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A criminal case launched into a recent attack on a Cherkasy journalist Vadym Komarov was requalified into "murder attempt" from the initial charges of "intentional grave bodily injury," according to a National Police press secretary Yaroslav Trakalo.

"We are now working to identify the attacker," the press officer said, calling on everyone who has information about the incident or personally witnessed the attack to inform police and help the investigation.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a Cherkasy journalist and blogger Vadym Komarov was attacked by an unidentified man in the center of Cherkasy at about 09:00 on Saturday, May 4.

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Passers-by saw the victim at an intersection and called an ambulance; the journalist was in a critical condition and has remained in a coma following a surgery performed on the same day.

Secretary of Cherkasy City Council Oleksandr Radutsky recalled that Komarov had repeatedly raised in his articles a number of acute issues, in particular, the circumstances of a jail riot in Cherkasy-based penal colony No.62, embezzlement of budget funds, illegal operations of local developers, and corruption in Cherkasy City Council.

In 2016, the anti-corruption investigative journalist survived an attempt on his life after he was shot at.