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Honcharenko released and safe

Law enforcers prevent MPs abduction, violent attack.

Honcharenko released and safe
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MP Oleksiy Honcharenko, who was feared to be kidnapped, is safe, said Odessa regional prosecutor Oleh Zhuchenko.

He was planned to abducted and mutilated by the father of an anti-Maidan activist Henadiy Kushnarev, who died in the tragic accident in the Odessa House of Trade Unions on 2 May, 2014.

"Kushnarev's father is a councilman of the Liman district council, Odessa Region. He has not just contracted the abduction of the people's deputy but intended personally along with two accomplices seize and mutilate Honcharenko," the prosecutor told a briefing in Odessa.

Zhuchenko said that the crime was prevented by the timely intervention of the Security Service of Ukraine. All three suspects in the attempted attack on Honcharenko were arrested in the course of a special operation on 23 February.

He said Honcharenko was giving evidence as a victim.

48 people died and about 300 were injured during mass riots involving separatists and pro-Ukrainian activists in Odessa on 2 May, 2014. The clashes have sparked in the city center, where several pro-Ukrainian activists were shot dead.

After the first victims, pro-Ukrainian activists chased the opponents to their tent town. Most of the people died as fire broke out in the nearby House of Trade Unions.

One the killed was Gennady Kushnarev, the son of an army officer from Chelyabinsk. He was one of the commanders of the Antimaidan armed wing - Odessa Squads.