Senior Ukrainian intelligence officer killed in car bombing

Jerome Frank
June 28, 2017

A vehicle blast in central Kiev has killed a senior official of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, according to a statement on its website. "The event has been qualified as a terrorist act".

The explosion happened as the Mercedes was moving at around 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT), police said.

Colonel Maksim Shapoval, who was identified by the defence ministry in a statement, was driving a Mercedes Benz auto on Tuesday morning when the explosion tore apart the vehicle at an intersection in Ukraine's capital.

Dramatic footage shows the moment the blast happened while pictures show the burnt out remains of the vehicle in the aftermath of the explosion.

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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Ukraine has been fighting against pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country since 2014.

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

A pretrial investigation by Ukraine's Interior Ministry into Sheremet's death "led to the conclusion that this crime was carefully prepared by a group of people".

The last major incident in Kiev occurred last July, when a prominent investigative journalist, Pavel Sheremet, was killed when an explosive device detonated in his vehicle.

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