January 13, 2014 The Ukrainian Side was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Viktor Ratushniak, First Deputy Minister of Health Protection of Ukraine Oleksandr Kachur, Deputies Prosecutor General of Ukraine Viktor Voitsyshen and Liliya Frolova, First Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Volodymyr Totskyi. During the meeting the foreign diplomats were informed in details about the events near the premises of the Kyiv-Sviatoshynskyi Court.
According to the information of the law enforcement agencies, the events of January 10, 2014 in the Kyiv-Sviatoshynskyi Court have no precedents in Ukraine’s modern history. For the first time a sentence was pronounced to an organized terrorist group.
This group was formed by supporters of radical right-wing political views and members of one of illegal social and political organizations. The act planned by the terrorists was supposed to become demonstratively impudent and cause numerous victims.
An explosive device was planned to be blown up in a crowded place during celebration of the national holiday – the Independence Day of Ukraine. Its explosive yield was enough to injure hundreds of innocent people.
This act of terrorism was aimed to continue a series of attempts to commit politically motivated crimes which had been carried out or planned to be carried out by the members of the social and political organization in different regions of Ukraine during the year of 2011.
The accused in the case are the citizens of Ukraine S.V.Bevz, I.V.Mosiichuk and V.M.Shpara, who were sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment each at the sitting of the Kyiv-Sviatoshynskyi Court on January 10, 2014.
The criminal cases against the above mentioned citizens were commenced on August 24, 2011 after the relevant investigative actions which established that in June 2011 S.V.Bevz, I.V.Mosiichuk and V.M.Shpara, being the activists of the “Patriot of Ukraine” civil organization and members of the “Social Nationalist Assembly” civil movement, had agreed to commit an act of terrorism in the town of Boryspil, Kyiv region.
The investigation also found out that in August 2011 unidentified persons by previous concert with the above mentioned people had assembled a self-made explosive device with fragmentation effect, which had been stored in the ascertained by the investigation premises in the town of Vasylkiv, Kyiv region.
The leaflets with threats and appeals to commit the acts of terrorism, printed by these people, were also stored in the mentioned premises.
The criminal conspiracy was unveiled on August 22, 2011 by officials of the Security Service of Ukraine Kyiv Regional Division and the crime was prevented at the preparation stage.
A self-made explosive device was confiscated during the inspection activities carried out in the office of the “Patriot of Ukraine” civil organization. According to the expert judgment, the device belonged to a group of explosives with fragmentation effect and was assembled by a person who had professional expertise in demolition work. The devise was ready to use.
Moreover, during the search of apartments of S.V.Bevz, I.V.Mosiichuk and V.M.Shpara the following items were unveiled and confiscated:
- in the apartment of I.V.Mosiichuk – 8 cartridges of 7,62 mm caliber;
- in the apartment of V.M.Shpara – a trotyl stick and a Zoraki gun of 9 mm caliber, 13 cartridges of 9 mm caliber, especially dangerous psychotropic agent SR-19;
- in the apartment of S.V.Bevz – leaflets with appeals to overthrow by force the existing constitutional order and seizure of the state power.
On August 23, 2011 a criminal case was commenced according to the article 14 part 1, article 258, part 2, article 258-2, part 1 and article 263, part 1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
It is quite obvious, that the “Vasylkiv terrorists” case has no relation to demonstrations on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and the three year old criminal case could be used as a cause for provocation.
The representatives of certain political forces were trying to block the meeting of the Court and incite those present to attack the judges carrying out the official duties.
Some Members of Parliament of Ukraine, using their status of a People’s Deputy as a cover, confronted the law-enforcement forces, and blocked the building of the Court and the roadway nearby.
The results of medical examination of those, who were injured during the clashes with police, testified the numerous facts of alcoholic intoxication. This also relates to one well-known opposition politician.
Such actions are unacceptable, especially when it comes to condemnation of socially dangerous crimes.
The Ukrainian State is based on the principle of the rule of law. The decision taken by the Court can be disputed in accordance with the procedure and the current legislation. People found guilty of committing or preparing a crime, especially when their actual or presumed actions can be detrimental to the health or life of others, should suffer a just punishment.
Ukraine hopes that international partners will remain unbiased and unprejudiced observers and exercise restraint in their assessments of events in Ukraine which are the issues of internal development of our state.
In the spirit of commitments to the European values and standards, our country supposes that foreign states and international organizations will restrain from support of unlawful actions, attempts to upset the public order and will help the Ukrainian authorities to stabilize the situation in the country.
At the same time, the Government of Ukraine stands ready for further dialogue with international partners concerning the above-mentioned issues on the understanding that it is held in a constructive way in the atmosphere of openness and mutual respect.