"To ensure the integrity of anticorruption institutions, the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor must be replaced. Nobody who has been recorded coaching suspects on how to avoid corruption charges can be trusted to prosecute those very same cases," she said at an event on the fifth anniversary of the Ukraine Crisis Media Center's founding in Kyiv.
The ambassador also added that it is necessary to conduct an investigation in relation to persons involved in corruption. These individuals must be brought to justice, and if their guilt is proven, they must "end up in prison," Yovanovitch said.
In this regard, the diplomat stressed that all elements of the anti-corruption system should work effectively to punish corrupt officials.
Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko and Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk filed a motion at the High Qualification Commission on March 30, 2018, to dismiss Kholodnytskyi.
Disciplinary complaints about the disciplinary actions of Kholodnytskyi were drawn up on the facts revealed amid an investigation conducted by NABU jointly with the Prosecutor General's Office, the PGO's press service said.
Kholodnytskyi himself said that the case against him had been registered under the Criminal Code article on disclosing information related to a pretrial investigation and on forcing witnesses to testify. On July 26, 2018, the High Qualifications Commission decided not to dismiss Kholodnytskyi, but he received a reprimand.