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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Missing Ukraine journalist murdered

Published 06/04/2014 | 12:22

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Ukrainian children play under a huge yellow-and-blue Ukrainian national flag at a rally in Kiev's main square (AP)

The body of a kidnapped Ukrainian journalist who played an active role in protests that led to president Viktor Yanukovych's removal in February has been found in a forest 60 miles outside the capital, Kiev, authorities said.

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Cherkassk province prosecutors said Vasily Sergiyenko was abducted in his home city of Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi on Friday evening, and later murdered.

The nationalist Svoboda party, of which Mr Sergiyenko was a member, said the reporter was found with stab wounds and signs he had been beaten about the head and knees.

Svoboda said the killing bears the hallmarks of a politically-motivated hit.

The party, whose leader Oleh Tyahnybok is running in the May 25 presidential election, said Mr Sergiyenko and other Svoboda representatives had received threats over the past week.

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