Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov should bring the case of journalist Pavel Sheremet's murder to an end.
"Avakov is not my child's godfather or my close friend. On the contrary, some of his allies are definitely not my friends. Is he a strong minister? Yes. Is the situation complicated now? I think yes. But his responsibility today is Sheremet's case. And yes – he began this case, he must bring it to an end, until the result, so that all those responsible are punished," Zelensky said at a press conference on the first year of his presidency, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Sheremet was assassinated in a car blast in the center of Kyiv on the morning of July 20, 2016.
On December 12, 2019, police said they suspected five persons of complicity in the crime: former Donbas war volunteer and musician Andrii Antonenko, army volunteer and pediatric surgeon Yulia Kuzmenko (nom de guerre "Lysa," or "Fox"), nurse with a paratrooper unit Yana Duhar, and a family couple of army volunteers Inna Hryshchenko ("Puma") and Vladyslav Hryshchenko ("Bucha").
Law enforcers claim that the goal of the Sheremet assassination was to destabilize the social and political situation in Ukraine.
Antonenko, Kuzmenko and Duhar were notified of suspicion on December 12, 2019. The court decided to remand Antonenko and Kuzmenko in custody, while Duhar was placed under house arrest during hours of darkness.