The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the killing of Sheremet "terrible crime" and ordered a quick investigation. Well-known Belarusian journalist working in Ukraine, was killed Wednesday by an IED placed under the car, he was driving to work when a car exploded in the center of Kiev.
Pavel Sheremet, who worked for a news site Ukrainian truth it had for Russian state television before moving to Ukraine was on the path to independent Radio News, where he spent the morning of the show, according to Ukrainian truth.
Footage from surveillance cameras show the car Sheremet, who is engulfed in smoke and flames, and passers-by who rush to the charred car and looking for survivors. Sheremet was the only person in the car, which belonged to his partner, editor-in-chief Elena Pritula. Poroshenko said he asked the international partners, including experts of the FBI and the EU, to help in the investigation.
At the meeting with the President and security personnel Wednesday, police chief, Khatia Dekanoidze said that the explosive device was equivalent to 400-600 grams in a trotyl equivalent. Sheremet is a journalist with a high profile, who was killed in the country over the last 16 years. Sheremet has been an outspoken critic of the Belarusian, Ukrainian and Russian leaders.
His murder sparked speculation that he was targeted because of his work. Sheremet was jailed in Belarus in 1997 for his reports critical of the government of President Alexander Lukashenko, and in the end he was deprived of his citizenship. He worked in Russia's state ORT television before moving to Ukraine.
In a statement the Russian foreign Ministry called the killing of Sheremet "cynical" and "cruel," denouncing speculation that the criminals may have ties with Russia. "We are shocked by the cynical murder of a Russian citizen Pavel Sheremet in the center of Kiev," the statement said. "He was known and respected journalist in Russia." "As is often the case in modern Ukraine, some Russophobic people immediately found a "Russian trace" in this brutal murder," the statement said.
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