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Ukraine Sees Ulterior Motives After Car Bomb Kills Journalist

A damaged car is taken away by a tow truck at the site where journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev, Ukraine, July 20, 2016. PHOTO: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko

By  Natalia Zinets and Margaryta Chornokondratenko | 20 July 2016

REUTERS (Kiev) — An award-winning journalist working for the online investigative website Ukrayinska Pravda was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev early on Wednesday morning, in what President Petro Poroshenko said was an attempt to destabilize Ukraine.

Pavel Sheremet, a Belarussian known for his criticism of his home country’s leadership and his friendship with the slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was driving to work in the car of the website’s owner when it was blown up.

The killing was a throwback to the days of violence against journalists that Ukraine, under a pro-Western leadership since the 2014 Maidan protests, hoped to have shed. []

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