Oleksandr Turchynov, the first deputy head of the Batkivshchyna party, today released a letter written by Mykola Melnychenko, a former state guard major, expressing his willingness to provide testimony in the fabricated case against Yulia Tymoshenko involving United Energy Systems of Ukraine and the murder of MP Yevhen Shcherban in return for financial support and inclusion in the party list in the parliamentary elections.

“Everything Melnychenko said is further proof that all the cases against Yulia Tymoshenko were ordered and fabricated in the president’s office. I think this person hasn’t been considered a serious authoritative witness for many years. This happened after the ex-major made a commercial offer for his testimony and the recordings that he made into a whole archive,” said Turchynov.