KYIV (QHA) -

President Petro Poroshenko met with families of the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred. Addressing them he said that Ukrainians should always remember the price paid for the opportunity to build the state.

President expressed gratitude to the families of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes for their cooperation in the investigation into crimes against activists of the Revolution of Dignity. The Head of State noted that despite flaws in the work of investigators much has been done over recent months, according to the President's website.

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, 18 verdicts on the events of November 2013 - February 2014 against 26 persons have already been issued, 84 cases are currently being considered in the courts, 11 cases have been submitted to court and they will be considered in February. 63 proceedings are at the stage of pre-trial investigation. Another 16 people are kept in pre-trial detention center, including 6 "Berkut" officers and 5 "titushky" (thugs). Cases of 13 more "Berkut" officers and 8 "titushky" is now being considered in the court.

"The first criminals who killed Ukrainian Heroes have already been jailed. I would like to emphasize: nobody of them will go unpunished," Poroshenko stressed. 

The Head of State said that the Security Service, as a result of long-term operation, has found weapons used to kill activists of the Revolution of Dignity, and the Verkhovna Rada should adopt a special law on trail in absentia.

Poroshenko also expressed concern that the investigation into Maidan crimes might stop starting March 1, as the current edition of law on the State Bureau of Investigation will come into force.

President stressed that he will not allow to stop the investigation due to imperfection of the laws.


PHOTO: president.gov.ua

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