“The statements of Tetyana
Chornovol about the president of Ukraine’s involvement in her beating are
groundless. The president instructed Interior
Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko on Dec. 25 to immediately take all necessary
steps to investigate the beating of journalist Tatiana Chornovol. He made a corresponding
request to the General Prosecutor Viktor Pshonka,” according to a Jan. 8 presidential press-survice statement.
suspects remain in custody in the Dec. 25 attack, the one-page the Interior Ministry statement noted that some parts of the investigation cannot be completed until
Chornovol is released from the hospital.
The woman suffered a broken nose,
concussion and numerous other injuries when a group of men ran her car off the
road and beat the defenseless woman before leaving her on the roadside. Chornovol describes
the attack as attempted murder. The journalist was beaten as she drove home to
her Kyiv Oblast city of Gora. Her dashboard video camera captured the car, the license
plate and images of two of the suspected assailants.