A former Ukrainian MP was killed in Moscow

Ilia Kiva / Photo: SOPA Images Limited / Alamy / Alamy / Profimedia

A former Ukrainian lawmaker considered a traitor by Kiev has been shot dead in a park on the outskirts of Moscow, in an attack attributed to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Ilya Kiva was a pro-Russian member of the Ukrainian parliament before Moscow's invasion of Ukraine last February, but he fled to Russia a month before the war began and has frequently criticized Ukrainian authorities online and on talk shows on Russian state television.

Russian investigators said yesterday that Kiva had been shot dead, adding that his body was discovered in a park in the elite Moscow suburb of Odintsovo. "An unknown person shot the victim with an unidentified weapon." The man died of his injuries on the spot," the statement of the Russian Investigative Committee states The Guardian.

A Ukrainian source, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed to Reuters that the SBU was responsible for the murder. Several Ukrainian media also cited their own sources as saying that the SBU had assassinated the 46-year-old former politician. Commenting on national television, Ukrainian military intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov hinted at the country's involvement in the murder.

“We can confirm that Kiva is ready. "Such a fate will befall other traitors of Ukraine, as well as followers of the Putin regime," he said.

Yusov called Kiva "one of the biggest scum, traitors and collaborators of Moscow" and said that "justice" was served with his death.

An anonymous source told the Russian media that Kiva was lying on the snow covered in blood. He claims that Kiva had a wound on his right temple and a hematoma on the left side of his face. The source also stated that Kiva died around 15:00 local time, ten minutes before he was found by the staff of a nearby hotel who called an ambulance.

Kivu, who was sanctioned by the United Kingdom last year for "undermining the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine," was sentenced in absentia by a Ukrainian court to 14 years in prison on charges including treason and inciting violence.

The killing suggests that Kiev still has secret resources deep in Russia. Moscow has previously blamed Ukrainian secret services for the killing of Darya Dugina, the daughter of an ultra-nationalist Russian ideologue, and the death of Vladlen Tatarsky, a prominent Russian military blogger, who was killed in an explosion at a cafe in central St. Petersburg. .

In a separate attack yesterday, a Russian-backed politician in Ukraine's occupied Luhansk region was killed by a car bomb. Oleg Popov, who was a member of the pro-Moscow regional parliament of Luhansk, was killed after "detonating an unidentified device in a car", the Russian Investigative Committee admitted, without giving details.

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