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Senior Ukraine official charged over deadly acid attack

Ukrainian prosecutors said Monday they had charged a high-ranking regional official with organising a deadly acid attack on a prominent anti-corruption activist that prompted widespread outrage. Kateryna Gandzyuk, an adviser to the mayor of the southern city of Kherson was an outspoken critic of corruption in law enforcement agencies. She was attacked in July and had about a litre of acid poured on her. The 33-year-old died in November after months of treatment, including more than 10 operations. Her murder sparked shock and uproar with activists accusing the authorities of failing to complete the investigation or identify the mastermind. On Monday, less than two months before Ukrainians go to the polls to elect a president, General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko pointed the finger at the head of the regional council in the southern region of Kherson, Vladyslav Manger. It was he who ordered and partially organised this crime by financing it, Lutsenko told a news conference. According to .

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