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Car bomb kills senior Ukrainian intelligence officer in Kiev

28 June 2017

A suspected auto bombing in central Kiev has killed a Ukrainian military intelligence officer in an incident classified as a "terrorist act" by police, according to officials.

"Since he was an acting serviceman, the prosecutor's office will determine the investigative procedure of this criminal act, which is now registered as a 'terrorist act, '" interior ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko told journalists.

A Defense Ministry statement on the June 27 explosion identified the victim of the blast as Colonel Maksim Shapoval.

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Ukraine's National Police have confirmed that the driver killed when the Mercedes auto exploded was Maxim Shapoval, the Ukrayinska Pravda paper said.

'At the present time the picture gathered of the crime suggests it was a planned terrorist act, ' Shevchenko said.

There was no claim of responsibility, while investigators did not immediately say who was to blame.

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Forensic experts examine the wreckage of a auto in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

In March former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov turned Kremlin critic was shot dead in central Kiev.

And last July, a prominent investigative Belarusian journalist and also a Kremlin critic, Pavel Sheremet, was killed by a bomb in his vehicle in the capital.

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There has also been a string of assassinations of separatist leaders in Ukraine's east, where fighting has killed more than 10,000 people, according to the United Nations.

Car bomb kills senior Ukrainian intelligence officer in Kiev