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07:01 PM, April 16, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:46 AM, May 06, 2015

Pro-Russian journalist killed in Kiev

BBC Online

A Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views has been shot dead in the capital Kiev.

Oles Buzyna, 45, was killed by shots fired from a car, Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Herashchenko said.

Buzyna is the latest in a series of allies of Ukraine's pro-Russian former President, Victor Yanukovych, to die in suspicious circumstances.

His killing comes a day after MP Oleg Kalashnikov, who was close to Yanukovych, was shot dead in Kiev.

Herashchenko said he believed both killings were related to the victims' involvement with Ukraine's "anti-Maidan" movement, which opposed the popular overthrow of Yanukovych in 2014.

According to Herashchenko, both men were key witnesses in a criminal case related to pro-Russian activists who attacked protesters in the Maidan Square uprising that deposed Yanukovych.

Buzyna, who was an active blogger and briefly editor of pro-Russian daily newspaper Segodnya, was killed outside his home.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered an investigation into the murders, calling them "deliberate" acts that play "into the hands of our enemies".

At least eight other officials connected to Yanukovych's government have died suddenly in the past three months.

Authorities initially labelled some of the deaths suicides, but later they said it was possible that some of the people were killed or forced to take their lives.

Asked about the shooting of Buzyna on a call-in programme, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "This is not the first assassination. There is a whole series of such killings in Ukraine."

 

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