Europe

Ukraine conflict: Pro-Russia journalist Oles Buzyna killed

  • 16 April 2015
  • From the section Europe
Oles Buzyna
Image caption Oles Buzyna was known for his pro-Russian views

A Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views has been shot dead in the capital Kiev.

Oles Buzyna, 45, was killed by shots fired from a car, Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko said.

Mr Buzyna is the latest in a series of allies of Ukraine's pro-Russian former President, Victor Yanukovych, to die in suspicious circumstances.

His killing comes a day after former MP Oleg Kalashnikov, who was close to Mr Yanukovych, was shot dead in Kiev.

Mr Gerashchenko, who is also an MP, said he believed both killings were related to the victims' involvement with Ukraine's "anti-Maidan" movement. It opposed the popular overthrow of Mr Yanukovych in 2014.

According to Mr Gerashchenko, both men were key witnesses in a criminal case related to pro-Russian activists who attacked protesters in the Maidan Square uprising that deposed Mr Yanukovych.

Mr Buzyna, who was an active blogger and briefly editor of pro-Russian daily newspaper Segodnya, was killed outside his home.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered an investigation into the murders, calling them "deliberate" acts that play "into the hands of our enemies".

At least eight other officials connected to Mr Yanukovych's government have died suddenly in the past three months.

Authorities initially labelled some of the deaths suicides, but later they said it was possible that some of the people were killed or forced to take their lives.

Asked on a call-in programme about the shooting of Mr Buzyna, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "This is not the first assassination. There is a whole series of such killings in Ukraine."

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