12:23 15.04.2015

Putin advisor Surkov resided at SBU office with ex-chief Yakymeko on February 20-21, 2014 - Nalyvaichenko

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Putin advisor Surkov resided at SBU office with ex-chief Yakymeko on February 20-21, 2014 - Nalyvaichenko

Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko has said that Russian presidential advisor Vladislav Surkov resided with then SBU chief, Oleksandr Yakymenko, at an SBU office on February 20-21, 2014, and had connections to the previous government.

"We are convinced that it is necessary to investigate not only the crimes committed by Ukrainian officials, but also the involvement of Russian high-ranking officials in the persecution of protestors. I can confirm that we already have prepared relevant materials, and our investigators want to stress the fact that Mr. Surkov visited Ukraine on February 20-21 for a reason. At the moment, investigators are trying to establish why on February 20-21 he resided with Mr. Yakymenko, the former SBU head, at one of the SBU offices... enjoyed government connections and visited the presidential administration," Nalyvaichenko said at a meeting of the parliamentary committee on the fight against corruption on Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on February 20 officers of the SBU Alpha special force have testified that the teams of snipers who shot and killed protestors during the February 2014 events on Independence Square in Kyiv were coordinated by the Russian president's aide Vladislav Surkov.

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