U.S. calls on Ukraine to bring perpetrators of Handziuk's death to justice

U.S. calls on Ukraine to bring perpetrators of Handziuk's death to justice

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has stressed the need to identify and prosecute all those responsible for the death of activist and Kherson mayor's aide Kateryna Handziuk, including those who ordered the attack on her.

"We again call for Ukrainian authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, including those who ordered the attack," the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine wrote on its Twitter account on November 4, citing Yovanovitch.

The diplomat, on behalf of the U.S. Government and the American people, offered her condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased. 

A well-known activist, volunteer, member of the Kherson City Council, Handziuk, who had sulfuric acid thrown in her face last summer, died at hospital on November 4. According to preliminary reports, the reason was a blood clot. The woman was 33 years old.

President Petro Poroshenko called on law enforcement agencies to do everything necessary to bring the killers of the activist to justice.

The attack on Handziuk occurred on July 31. Unidentified individuals poured her with sulfuric acid. She suffered chemical burns and partially lost sight. Handziuk underwent over ten operations. She has been in Kyiv's burn center since August 1.

Five people are suspected of an assassination attempt on Handziuk. All of them were detained.


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