KIEV, CAR EXPLOSION IN THE CITY CENTER: A WELL-KNOWN RUSSIAN JOURNALIST DIED

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Pavel Sheremet, a well-known journalist and political analyst specializing in relations between Russia and Ukraine, died following an explosion that wrecked the car he was in, right in the center of Kiev. The man had left the house, got into his car and, after a few dozen meters, the car blew up, killing him in the explosion. The news was spread by the newspaper he had worked for: Ukrainska Pravda.

The site of the popular Ukrainian newspaper confirmed that the explosion occurred at 7:45 a.m., at the corner between Bogdan Khmelnitsky and Ivan Franko Streets, not far away from the Opera Theatre of Kiev. Moreover, the car in which the journalist died belonged to the director of the newspaper, Olena Pretula. Sheremet had been living in Ukraine for five years. He moved there after several years of work for the Russian State TV.

The Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office reported that a bomb was found inside the car remains, thus confirming that it had been a murder. “According to the preliminary version, it was a bomb,” the spokesman of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Artiom Shevchenko, said, according to the news site 112.ua. A similar statement was released also by the police, which announced that, at the moment, investigators “qualify the incident as premeditated murder”.

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