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 car 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.
She was taken to a hospital in Boryspil of Kyiv Oblast.
Chornovol didn’t call the police after the assault because she could barely talk. Instead, traffic police officers were alerted and called police, Mykola Zhukovich, the head of the Interior Ministry in Kyiv Oblast’s press service, told the Kyiv Post. “Someone saw that her car stood on the road and called the traffic police,” he said.