"Katia's health condition can be described as almost critical. Doctors are going to hold a case conference tomorrow after which it will be clear how to treat her. Her father saw the assailant a couple of days before [the attack], when Katia was in Kyiv," Nayyem said.
"Well, they say the attacker was paid $500 at best. I would have paid more for not to be targeted. I'm not afraid - it's part of my job. Given the unsolved attacks in Odesa, given that it took the Kherson police 32 days to establish the fact that Serhii Nikitenko is a journalist, I felt that I was the next target. I do not talk with any Kherson law enforcement officers," Nayyem quoted Handziuk as saying.
"The police have shown zero progress so far. No CCTV footage was seized. They initially opened a criminal case under article 296 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code. I mean, a person was doused with acid which is still melting her body while the police identify this offence as … hooliganism. And the icing on the cake is that the police have not still identified what substance Kateryna was doused with exactly. I think that this is a terrorist attack aimed at intimidating us all. If they still managed to intimidate you, you should not come to 10, Bohomolets Str. tomorrow at 10 a.m. Here is card number of Kateryna’s husband Serhii Denisov: 5168 7573 1383 7108," Nayyem wrote.
As reported, Kherson City Council executive officer, Kateryna Handziuk, who tried to deal with local separatists and harshly criticized the authorities, namely the law enforcement officials, was doused with acid in Kherson early on July 31.