9 Oct 2017 15:13

Inquiry into killing of journalist Sheremet hard, without 'operative success' - Ukraine's prosecutor general

KYIV. Oct 9 (Interfax) - The investigation into the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet will go more actively when the investigators get "leads," Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko said.

"We are also working on the Sheremet case. In this case, the prosecutors are only leading the procedure, while the Interior Ministry's investigative group is doing even more massive information collection, a lot more investigative actions are being taken, witnesses are being questioned. But sometimes operative success is needed in addition to information," Lutsenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

"As soon as we find an elementary lead, it [the investigation into the case] will move toward resolution. For now, it is hard going for the investigation," he said.

A car belonging to Olena Prytula, the head of the Ukrayinska Pravda online publication, exploded while Sheremet was driving it in central Kyiv at 7:45 a.m. on July 20, 2016. The journalist died on the spot soon after the explosion. Detectives said they believed Sheremet's assassination was related to his journalistic activity in Ukraine and other countries.