Thursday 18 January 2018

Russia accused as car bomb kills journalist

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has ordered protection for Prytula. Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has ordered protection for Prytula. Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Nataliya Vasilyeva

A leading journalist was killed in a car bombing in Ukraine's capital Kiev, sending shockwaves through the Ukrainian journalist community that was shaped by the gruesome killing 16 years ago of the founder of the publication he worked for.

The country's top online news website 'Ukrainska Pravda' said its journalist Pavel Sheremet died in an explosion early yesterday as he got into his car to drive to work to anchor a radio talk show.

Several Ukrainian politicians suggested that Russia could have been involved in the car bomb.

The publication said the car was owned by its founding editor Olena Prytula, who was Sheremet's partner. Images from the scene showed the charred car stranded in the middle of a cobbled street.

The Ukrainian president has ordered protection for Prytula.

Interior Minister Khatiya Dekanoidze said at the scene of the crime that she would personally supervise the investigation.

Ukraine's media was deeply affected by the murder of 'Ukrainska Pravda' founder Heorhiy Gongadze in 2000.

Irish Independent

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