21 January 2018, Sunday, 3:35

Kernes murder bid inquiry focuses on two theories

Investigators have identified two priority theories behind the attempted murder of Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes, Kharkiv regional police first deputy chief Mykola Fomenko said.

"There are two priority theories: one is to do with his professional activity; the other, with anti-separatist measures," Fomenko told journalists on Friday.

The investigators did not entirely dismiss the other theories (associated with Kernes' interpersonal issues, as well as his and his associates' commercial activities).

It was reported that on April 28 Kernes was injured while jogging on Belhorod highway in Kharkiv. He underwent surgery at a local emergency hospital, was put in a medically induced coma and on life support.

In the early hours of April 29, Kernes accompanied by his wife and a team of Israeli doctors was moved to a hospital in Israel. There he underwent several more surgeries, including on his spine and lung. On May 2 his deputy Svetlana Horbunova-Ruban said Kernes' condition was no longer life-threatening and he was disconnected from the artificial respiratory machine.

A criminal inquiry has been launched into Kernes' attempted murder on the charge of "premeditated murder attempt."