Ukraine: Daily Briefing – November 5, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
November 5, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
 
Channel 5 Ukraine report on the death of Ukrainian civic activist Kateryna Handziuk. To view video please click on image above
Channel 5 Ukraine report on the death of Ukrainian civic activist Kateryna Handziuk. 
To view video please click on image above


1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 18 times in total, including at least 10 times with heavy weapons. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 3 and wounded 4 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Ukrainian civic activist Kateryna Handziuk dies after battling injuries from acid attack
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on November 4, “Kateryna Handziuk, a Ukrainian civic activist and adviser to the mayor of the Black Sea port city of Kherson, has died from wounds she suffered from an acid attack three months ago.
           The 33-year-old Handziuk died on November 4 in a Kyiv hospital where she was being treated for burns from the attack, colleagues and officials said. Local media suggested that Handzyuk’s death was caused by a blood clot.
           Several hundred supporters gathered around Ukraine’s Interior Ministry building in Kyiv late on November 4, demanding that those responsible for her death be brought to justice. The activist, who was known for her scathing criticism of police corruption, was doused with sulfuric acid outside of her Kherson home on July 31 by an unknown attacker.
           Her death comes amid a wave of attacks against Ukraine’s civic activists, with rights campaigners claiming law-enforcement agencies have failed to thoroughly investigate the cases and may even be complicit in some of the attacks. […] Five suspects have been detained for their alleged involvement in the attack, but there was no information about its mastermind.”
3. Ukraine’s President appeals to the law enforcers regarding the death of well-known activist Kateryna Handziuk: Evil must be punished
Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported on November 4, “President Petro Poroshenko expressed condolences over the death of well-known activist Kateryna Handziuk. The President called on the law enforcement agencies to do everything in their power to bring Kateryna’s killers to justice.
           ‘I want to address the law enforcers to do everything possible to find and punish the murderers, so that they find themselves in the dock. And we all need to unite efforts in order to make it happen. To help the law enforcement agencies together, to help the police punish the evil,’ Petro Poroshenko said.”
4. Police transfer Handziuk case to State Security Service for further investigation into who ordered the crime
Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs reported, “The Police have performed all necessary investigative actions within the framework of their authority, and according to the decision of the Office of the Prosecutor General (GPU), adopted today, transferred the case to the Main Investigation Department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).
          The National Police questioned 367 persons as witnesses, ordered 21 forensic examinations, conducted 9 searches, 4 investigative experiments, 26 inspections, 100 clandestine investigative actions against 31 persons. The investigation into the 5 suspects – executors and organizers of the crime – has been completed. All materials were transferred, according to the decision of the GPU, to the Main Investigation Department of the SBU, which is conducting an investigation into who ordered the crime.”

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