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Ukraine order given to detain ex-incomes minister, ex-prosecutor general

Published on Feb 23, 2014 6:16 PM
 
Prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka addresses deputies during a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev December 20, 2013. An order has been given to arrest Ukraine's former incomes minister Oleksander Klimenko and former prosecutor-general Viktor Pshonka, parliament was told on Sunday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (REUTERS) - An order has been given to arrest Ukraine's former incomes minister Oleksander Klimenko and former prosecutor-general Viktor Pshonka, parliament was told on Sunday.

Oleh Makhnytsky, acting prosecutor general, said: "An investigation has been opened and an investigating-operational group is working for the detention of these people to bring them to trial."

Ukraine's new acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov, also told parliament that police were working with state security and the prosecutor's office to investigate "grave crimes against the Ukrainian people, including those by former state leaders."