Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko has said that statements
about a return to the "bloody nineties" and contract murders with the
use of guns in Ukraine are unreasonable.
"Any talk of the
helplessness of policies, about chaos on the streets, about a return to
the bloody nineties is without reason," the minister said at a press
conference in Kyiv on Monday.
"It's not the fault of the police
that there are citizens of Ukraine or non-Ukrainians who are ready to
carry out a contract murder. Our task is to catch them, send them to
pre-trial detention and then to prison. We are coping with this task
and will cope in the future," Lutsenko said.
The minister also
said that since the beginning of this year foreigners committed about
2,000 crimes, including 45 premeditated murders, 70 attacks, 133
robberies, 588 larcenies and 181 frauds.
During 2007-2009 the
subdivisions of the interior ministry broke up 21 ethnic-based
organized crime groups, 17 of which were detected by subdivisions
fighting against organized crime.
Referring to the State Frontier Service, Lutsenko said that currently there are officially 270,000 foreigners in Ukraine.