Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Ukrainian military officer killed in vehicle bomb in Kiev

Ukrainian military officer killed in vehicle bomb in Kiev

Forensic teams start work after Kyiv blast.

Ukrainian police said in a statement on Tuesday the driver of a luxury auto was killed instantly as the vehicle blew up at an intersection Tuesday morning.

CCTV pictures that captured the moment the auto bomb exploded show a flash of fire followed by a large plume of smoke rising up from a tree-lined street in the capital.

Interior ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko said that judging by initial indications it appeared "obvious" that the blast was caused by an explosive device, adding that investigators were probing it as terrorism.

It gave no further details. Police would not immediately name the victim but two Ukrainian media outlets identified him as a senior military intelligence officer.

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Since fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, the number of incidents involving explosives outside the conflict zone has increased, but vehicle bombs are relatively rare, Reuters indicated.

Sheremet had quit Russian broadcasting in 2014 in protest at the Kremlin's stance on Ukraine's pro-Europe course and annexation of Crimea.

And last July, a prominent investigative Belarusian journalist and also a Kremlin critic, Pavel Sheremet, was killed by a bomb in his vehicle in the capital.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called Voronenkov's killing "an act of state terrorism by Russian Federation".

There have also been a string of assassinations of rebel leaders in the war-torn east of the country that the insurgents have blamed on Kiev but Ukraine's government has pinned on infighting among the separatists.

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