Kyiv, 1 February 2019 – The United Nations is following the police response to the recent attack against Yevhen Hurnytskyi, a public ombudsman for voting rights from the OPORA Civil Network in Kropyvnytskyi.

During the evening on 26 January 2019, Mr Hurnytskyi was hit in the face while returning home. The perpetrators ran away from the scene and took no personal belongings. Mr. Hurnytskyi, who has been reporting violations of electoral law in Kirovograd Oblast, relates this violent incident to his professional activity.

“I welcome the actions of the police, including the public condemnation by the Minister of Internal Affairs and the prompt steps undertaken in Kropyvnytskyi,” says Ms Osnat Lubrani, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine.

“I urge the law enforcement to conduct effective and timely investigation and ensure that perpetrators are brought to account. This is always critical, particularly in time of elections. Prompt investigation in such cases would send a clear message that the Government will not tolerate violence and any attempts to mar the transparency of the elections,” added Ms Lubrani.