The Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office has initiated a criminal investigation against two National Deputies from the Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defence Party, Yury Hrymchak and Andriy Parubiy over the events in the Verkhovna Rada on 27 April. As reported, there was mayhem in parliament before the vote on the Kharkiv Agreements between the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia, with smoke bombs and fights making world headlines.
The investigator has lodged a submission to the Verkhovna Rada asking that the Deputies’ immunity be removed, and this has been supported by the Prosecutor General.
Mr Parubiy said he had received no documents on the initiating of the criminal investigation and had learned of it from the press. He said that in their actions, the investigators were totally ignoring the law and called it political persecution.