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Leadership of Presidential Administration assisted in supply of coal from CADLR in 2014-2015 – Prosecutor General

KYIV. Oct 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – On the issues of coal supplies in late 2014 – early 2015 from certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (CADLR) employees from among the leadership of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine were involved, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has said.

"The leadership of the Presidential Administration not only discussed during telephone conversations absolutely concrete facts of the implementation of the criminal plan, but also gave quite clear instructions to a number of officials in the Ukrainian authorities. Comparing this information with the actual circumstances of the case, it becomes obvious that the Ukrainian elite played a key role in this theater of military operations," Venediktova wrote in a column on the Ukrayinska Pravda website on Wednesday.

At the same time, she reiterated that the custody status, chosen by the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv on Tuesday, for the MP suspected of high treason and aiding terrorism, will be appealed. The Prosecutor General did not name the MP, but the suspicions and the custody status point to MP Viktor Medvedchuk (Opposition Platform – For Life parliamentary faction).

"The Office of the Prosecutor General will appeal the custody status chosen by the Pechersky District Court the day before. Prosecutors will insist on detention with the alternative of paying a bail of UAH 1 billion. Here it is suspicion of grave crimes – high treason and assistance to terrorists. Huge risks of possible hiding of the MP and his influence on accomplices and witnesses are at stake. In addition, we do not forget about his connection with representatives of the Russian Federation and terrorist organizations," Venediktova wrote.

According to her, negotiations between former employees of diplomatic missions and "officials" representing the interests of so-called "LPR" and "DPR" are currently being studied. "These records show that the current MP is discussing the issues of granting preferences for the supply of coal from Russia with the heads of state bodies of the Russian Federation through the mediation of those companies where he is a beneficiary or involved in their activities… Ukraine’s dependence on coal supplies from territories controlled by the so-called "LPR" and "DPR" as a means of pressure to restore power supply to the occupied Crimea at the end of 2015," the prosecutor general wrote.