The US State Department stated that arrests of employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) could undermine the international support provided to Ukraine.
"Recent events in Ukraine, including the disruption of the high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of NABU employees, and the seizure of NABU’s classified files cast doubts about Ukraine's commitment to fighting corruption," as indicated in the Department’s statement.
It was underlined in the State Department that the actions of the Prosecutor General's Office and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) might negatively affect the international support of Ukraine.
"These actions seem to be part of efforts to undermine the independent anti-corruption institutions that the United States and others have supported. They undermine public trust and risk undermining Ukraine's international support," noted the US State Department.
It was reported in the NABU earlier that employees of the Prosecutor General's Office and the SBU illegally interfered in the special operation of the Bureau, aimed at identifying participants of an organized criminal group in the State Migration Service. Because of the security forces’ actions, all operations of the bureau with undercover agents were terminated.