Poroshenko says he won't allow probe into crimes during Euromaidan to be stopped
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting with the families of those who were killed during the so-called Revolution of Dignity has said he won't allow the termination of an investigation into crimes committed during the events on the Independence Square in Kyiv in 2013-2014.
Ihor Huryk, the chairman of the non-governmental organization Family of Heavenly Hundred Heroes, said at the meeting that the families were concerned about reports that the investigation into the crimes committed during the Euromaidan events would be stopped on March 1, after the law on the State Investigations Bureau in its current version should take effect.
"The president underscored that stopping the investigation process because of the imperfection of the laws was unacceptable and vowed not to allow this," it said.
The Verkhovna Rada passed the law on the State Investigations Bureau on November 12, 2015, and the president signed it in mid-January 2016. It stipulates that it comes into effect on the day when the government sets up the Investigations Bureau but no later than March 1, 2016.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office called on the Rada to postpone the law's entry into effect in February. In particular, Serhiy Horbatiuk, the chief of the Prosecutor General's Office special investigations directorate, said on February 19 that the investigations into crimes during the Euromaidan events in 2013-2014 would be stopped on March 1. He said he had warned about this possibility, but the Rada suspended its work until March 15 and did not pass amendments to the law on the State Investigations Bureau.