As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, friends and relatives of the journalist, as well as politicians and concerned people came to pay homage to the memory of Sheremet at the place of his murder - the crossing of Ivana Franka and Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Streets.
It is worth noting that the journalist’s assassins and their paymasters have never been identified despite strong public statements by senior officials and top law enforcers that solving Sheremet’s murder was a matter of honor for them.
Among those who came to pay tribute to the murdered journalist was U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
Prosecutor General Lutsenko commented on the tragedy: "The death of Sheremet was due to an explosive device. It's a murder." Later, the Interior Ministry added a homemade shell-less explosive device was used, its power equivalent to 600 grams of TNT.
President Poroshenko met with the heads of Ukraine's law enforcement agencies, after which a special investigative group was set up under the leadership of Dekanoidze. Ukraine has invited FBI and Europolexperts to help in the probe. The Security Service considered the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine as a motive for Sheremet's murder. Meanwhile, Poroshenko asked for a transparent and prompt investigation: "Do not exclude any version. We'll not let anyone open a second front inside the country."
Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Sheremet was particularly critical of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown on dissent. In 1997, the journalist was arrested while reporting about smuggling across the Belarus-Lithuanian border and sentenced to two years in prison - a move widely viewed as politically motivated. Amnesty International declared him prisoner of conscience.
In 1999, Sheremet was presented with the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award. In 2002, he was presented with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Prize for Journalism and Democracy. For five years prior to the murder, Sheremet had lived in Kyiv, worked for Ukrainska Pravda and been a host at Vesti radio.