News from Ukraine: Ukrainian-Belarusian journalist and Nemtsov's friend killed in car blast in Kyiv (live updates)
Crime11:49 Jul. 20, 2016

Ukrainian-Belarusian journalist and Nemtsov's friend killed in car blast in Kyiv (live updates)

Vehicle was blown up by an 'explosive device', law enforcement agencies say

19:50 Ukrainians mourn the death of Pavlo Sheremet

Kyiv's residents and guests bring flowers to the crime scene - a place of murder of famous Ukrainian-Belarusian journalist  


19:46 Sheremet's Assassination: Ukraine Prosecutor General voices two versions

Investigators think that journalist Pavlo Sheremet's murder might have been connected with his professional activities and/or an intent to destabilize the situation in central Ukraine.

This was announced by Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko during the emergency meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and heads of law enforcement agencies.

"Apart from his professional activity that might have been a motive for the murder, we are considering the version of destabilizing the situation in Kyiv", Lutsenko saidFull story 


Pavlo Sheremet (UNIAN Photo)

18:45 EU Advisory Mission will help investigate journalist's murder

EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) will assist Ukrainian law enforcement agencies in investigating the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet.

This was reported by Ukraine's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariana Betza, according to Ukrainska Pravda

"To help investigate the assassination of Pavlo Sheremet, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry received EUAM's confirmation, which is operating in Ukraine, that they are ready to provide necessary assistance to law enforcement authorities in accordance with the mission mandate", Betza said.

15:40 FBI will help investigate Sheremet's murder - Ukraine's National Police chief

A special task force featuring representatives of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be set up in Ukraine to investigate journalist Pavlo Sheremet's murder.

This was reported by Ukraine's National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze at a briefing in Kyiv, July 20.

"We - SBU's (Ukraine's Security Service) head, the Prosecutor General, and I as National Police chief - have received clear instructions from President Poroshenko: we are creating a task force. The group will comprise our best investigators and SBU's officers. I met with FBI representatives (US), and they, too, will be involved in the investigation", Dekanoyidze said. 


(UNIAN Photo)

14:58 Ukraine's President Poroshenko meets with security forces and law enforcement agencies, following the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet.

He instructed police to provide protection to Olena Prutyla, owner of Ukrainska Pravda. 

14:55 US Embassy in Ukraine hopes Sheremet's murder will be fully investigated

U.S. Embassy Statement on the death of Pavlo Sheremet: "We are shocked and saddened at the news of the death of prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet,who was killed in an unprecedented car explosion in Kyiv this morning.

Pavel led a life of purpose and integrity in multiple countries. We respect him as a fearless practitioner and supporter of freedom of speech, the Revolution of Dignity, and a brighter future for Ukraine.

We welcome the statements by the police and prosecutor general that the circumstances surrounding his murder will be fully investigated and any perpetrators brought to justice. 

We extend our sympathies to his partner Olena Prytula, his family, his colleagues at Ukrainska Pravda, and his many friends and defenders of freedom of media and speech in Ukraine."

14:06 President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt thinks Sheremet's murder is an attack on media freedom and safety of journalists.

He  sends his sympathies to the murdured journalist's family and loved ones.

He says full investigation should be conducted to bring those responsible for the crime to justice. 

14:01 'Bring culprits to justice' - EU Ambassador to Ukraine on Sheremet's murder

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Jan Tombinski says those reponsible for killing journalist Pavlo Sheremet should be brought to justice.

European Union in Ukraine posted his statement on Facebook.

Jan Tombinski, Head of EU Delegation to Ukraine: "I express my sincere condolences to the family of Pavel Sheremet and to all his colleagues whose work is at the heart of the independent and free media in Ukraine.

I call on the authorities to put all efforts behind this investigation and swiftly bring those responsible for this atrocious crime to justice". 

13:07  Sheremet's murder aims to destabilize the country - Ukraine's Interior Ministry 

Journalist Pavlo Sheremet's murder is a crime striving to destabilize the situation in Ukraine, spokesman for Interior Ministry Artem Shevchenko writes on Facebook.

"Pavlo Sheremet was impudently murdered in Kyiv's centre - blown up in the car he was driving. This is an audacious and cynical crime aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country", wrote Shevchenko.

On behalf of the Ministry, he expressed condolences over the journalist's death.

"The victim was a well-known and popular journalist. Ukraine's Interior Ministry extends their condolences to his family and friends. Law enforcement agencies will put all their effort into solving the crime," wrote Shevchenko

12:46 Who Was Sheremet: Kremlin critic's friend and Belarusian President's personal enemy

In Belarus Sheremet he had a reputation of a 'personal enemy' of President Lukashenko, which landed him once in prison.

Sheremet supported the 2013-2014 pro-Euromaidan protests in Kyiv, publicly condemned the Russian aggression against Ukraine and debunked myths about Ukraine made by Russian propaganda. In April 2014, he took part in the congress 'Ukraine - Russia: Dialogue'.

He maintained friendly relations with Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down on February 27 in 2015, in Moscow's centre, near the Kremlin walls, as he walked home with his girlfriend from a restaurant. Nemtsov had been preparing a report to expose Russia's military invasion of eastern Ukraine at the time of his murder. Five Chechen men are charged with his murder, although critics say the accused have been framed. 

Read also Nemtsov's East Ukraine Report: Key points in English

In 2015 Pavlo Sheremet led ceremonies during the funeral memorial service of murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Full story 

11:37 Sheremet's friends say he and his girlfriend were recently spied upon 

Close friends of journalist Pavlo Sheremet, who was killed in Kyiv on Wednesday, July 20, said that recently he and his common-life wife Olena Prytula, head of Ukrainska Pravda, were allegedly spied upon by unidentified individuals, according to Ukrainian news outlet Novaya Gazeta.

The couple complained about being spied upon in private conversations with the news agency.

The funeral will be held in Minsk, Belarus (where Sheremet was born). This was reported by the victim's mother. 

11:10 Ukraine's President orders police to investigate Ukrainian journalist Sheremet's death

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko instructed law enforcement agencies expeditiously conduct a full investigation of journalist Pavel Sheremet's death.

He wrote in his Facebook on Wednesday, July 20.

"I ordered law enforcement agencies to immediately investigate this crime. Those responsible should be punished," Poroshenko wrote

11:00 Ukrainian Espresso.TV channel posted a video from the scene of Sheremet's murder. The video shows a burning car in which the journalist was killed. 


Meanwhile Ukrainian News agency published shots with the aftermath of explosion, showing the completely burnt out car and police working on the crime scene.


10:12 "It is murder", Ukraine General Prosecutor comments on Pavlo Sheremet's death 

Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that journalist Pavlo Sheremet, one of Ukrainska Pravda leaders, died after an 'explosive device' blew up his car.

"(Policemen) who went to the crime scene told me that Pavlo Sheremet's death was caused by an explosive device. It is a murder", Lutsenko wrote on Facebook

"I will do everything I can to solve the crime with my colleagues", Lutsenko added.

09:50 An explosive device blew up the car killing Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet. The car belonged to Olena Prytula, owner of news agency Ukrainska Pravda.

A source in law enforcement agencies reported on that to Ukrainska Pravda.

"It is obvious that the car was blown up by explosive device", the source said.

Read also Controversial Ukrainian publicist Oles Buzyna shot dead in Kyiv

"At 7:40 he (Sheremet) drove away from the house in 12 Ivana Franko street (Kyiv's centre), and reached the crossroads. At this moment the driver's seat caught fire, following a crackling sound," said the source.

There are no official versions of the car blast yet. 


 Photo courtesy - Ukrainska Pravda

09:26 Acclaimed Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed early Wednesday, July 20, in a car explsion in the center of Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv.

The vehicle exploded in Kyiv's centre (at the corner of Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Ivan Franco streets outside a McDonalds restaurant), Ukrainska Pravda reports.

The exploded car belonged to Olena Prytula, owner of Ukrainska Pravda, which is an influential online newspaper that focuses on news and political coverage in Ukraine. However, Ms Prytula was not in the vehicle at the moment the blast occurred, at 07:45 Kyiv time. 


Pavlo Sheremeta (Photo courtesy - Ukrainska Pravda

The car is reported to have been set off as Sheremet was driving. Police have arrived at the scene.

Pavlo Sheremet has lived in Kyiv for the past five years, working for Ukrainska Pravda and hosting a radio show on Radio Vesti. Reporting by UNIAN

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