"I’m now in Israel, because I know that U.S. justice and the justice of those European countries where I was before will show a large bolt to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office if it demands my extradition. I challenge this system. If they have something to bring against me, demanding my deportation from Israel to Ukraine, they will be obliged to give this country at least some charges against me. However, they don’t have justified and lawful charges," the newspaper quoted Melnychenko as saying.
He also said that according to the information he has, there is a threat to the lives of a number of former and current Ukrainian officials.
"Understand that the ‘death squads’ that are managed by people who were in power or now hold important posts are ready for anything. A verdict has been given not only against Melnychenko. The mafia have sentenced to death, removed or discredited [Ukrainian First Deputy Prosecutor General] Renat Kuzmin, Former National Security and Defense Council Secretary Yevhen Marchuk and Socialist Party leader Oleksandr Moroz. All these people, like me, are in danger," Melnychenko said.