(QHA) - Prominent Ukrainian journalist and civic activist Tetyana Chornovol was brutally beaten outside Kyiv just after midnight on Dec. 25, according to Kyiv Post.
Сhornovol is in reconstructive surgery now, opposition Batkivshchyna Party member of parliament Serhiy Pasynsky said. "According to doctors' estimations it will need at least three operations, if all goes optimistic," he said to hromadske.tv.
According to police, Chornovol was driving home to the village of Gora when around 1:30 a.m. her car was blocked by a sport utility vehicle with unknown men inside. Chornovol tried to turn back, but her car was pushed to the side of the road. After she stopped the car, the men dragged Chornovol out and savagely beat her. After that, the men left Chornovol in the car and pushed it into a roadside ditch.
Police are currently investigating the assault.
President Viktor Yanukovych's press service released a statement on Dec. 25, saying that the president condemned this act of violence and ordered Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko to do everything to solve the case of Chornovol's beating.
On 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, right before the beating, Chornovol posted a blog about a house being constructed outside Kyiv that allegedly belongs to Zakharchenko.
In a short video published on YouTube, in a hospital bed, the battered Chornovol says, "They didn't say anything. They were just beating."
EuroMaidan demonstrators reacted to the beating by calling on people to picket the Interior Ministry building in Kyiv.
Note: Chornovol is famous for a number of daring actions. On Sept. 13, 2012, unknown man doused Chornovol with green dye. A month later, she spotted unknown men spreading fake political leaflets and was beaten trying to find out who they were. On Aug. 24, 2012, she entered the compound of President Viktor Yanukovych's mansion Mezhihirya, taking photos of the place until she was noticed by security. In 2001, she chained herself to rails to protest then President Leonid Kuchma during "Ukraine Without Kuchma" demonstrations, a series of protests sparked by the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in which Kuchma is implicated, but has denied involvement and has never faced trial. Chornovol also unsuccessfully ran for parliament in October 2012 as an independent candidate.