A prominent journalist was killed in a car bombing in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, on Wednesday. Pavel Sheremet, an outspoken critic of the Kremlin, died in an explosion as he got into his car to drive to work to anchor a talk show on a local radio station. The car, reduced to a charred wreck on the cobbled street, was owned by founding editor of top online news website Ukrainska Pravda, Olena Prytula, who was Mr Sheremet’s partner. His death sent shockwaves through the Ukrainian journalist community and was dubbed a “brazen murder” by interior ministry officials.
We rushed to the car and opened the door, he was lying on the floor and groaning. He was in shock from pain and his legs seemed to be broken
Witness who tried to help the wounded journalist
The 44-year old Belarusian-born journalist irked officials in his home country and Russia before he moved to Ukraine, where he continued to challenge authority. In recent weeks, he had reportedly complained of being followed. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko immediately demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice for this “terrible tragedy”. He wrote on Facebook: “I am shocked – there are no other words for it. He was my personal friend. I sympathise with his relatives and friends.”
Why do they kill journalists in Ukraine? Someone wants to destabilise the situation in the country by doing this
Ukrainska Pravda editor Sevgil Musaieva-Borovyk