UNIAN

According to Shokin, within the creation of a register of crimes committed during the Revolution of Dignity, the PGO has established numerous cases of officers preventing the investigation of crimes from late 2014 to the beginning of 2015 by the law enforcement agencies, namely the Prosecutor General's Office, the Interior Ministry, and the Security Service of Ukraine.

Efforts to hamper the investigations included the deliberate destruction of certain evidence, Shokin said.

"This register helped us determine that not all the heads of law enforcement agencies acted within their authorities, but that they hindered the investigation, he said.

"We have studied and analyzed the criminal proceedings and found evidence of the investigation being blocked by officials of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ministry of Interior, and the Security Service of Ukraine... In this regard, the Prosecutor General’s Office included in the Unified Register of pre-trial investigations official data on crimes by officials under Part 3, Art. 365 ‘On abuse of power or official authority by law enforcement officials,’" Shokin said.

He gave no specific names, but said that the criminal proceedings had already opened on certain law enforcement officials.

Shokin also said that he had ordered the Prosecutor General’s Office to create an office for the investigation of crimes committed by law enforcement officials.

"The office will be staffed within two to three days. It will consist of three departments, one of which will investigate crimes committed by employees of the prosecutor's office, the other will investigate crimes committed by the employees of the SBU, and the third one will investigate crimes committed by the police.

"No matter what post an employee held in any law enforcement agency, he will face [investigation].”

In addition, Shokin called on all those who had information about the blocking of the investigation of crimes against Maidan activists, or of the destruction of documents or evidence, to contact the PGO.