A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (5 November) on the death of the Ukrainian activist Kateryna Handziuk:
The German Government is deeply saddened by the death of the Ukrainian activist Kateryna Handziuk, who campaigned courageously against corruption. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her friends and family. We condemn the cowardly attack which ultimately resulted in her death.
The case must be cleared up as quickly as possible and the perpetrators held to account. The arrest of five individuals in the course of the investigation shows that the Ukrainian authorities are taking action. We will continue to support civil society initiatives against corruption, both in Ukraine and in other countries.
The 33 year old Ukrainian anti corruption activist Kateryna Handziuk died as result of the complications of an acid attack. She was attacked with sulphuric acid in late July, suffering severe injuries.