Former Russian MP Shot Dead in Ukraine
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 3:53
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on social media that the killing was "an act of state terrorism" by Russian Federation, and said it was "no accident" that the murder took place hours after an explosion and fire destroyed a large munitions depot in eastern Ukraine, RFE/RL reports.
In a recent interview with Radio Free Europe, Voronenkov had said he was helping Ukrainian prosecutors prepare their case against Yanukovych, who is accused of treason, in part for allegedly facilitating Russia's annexation of Crimea after he fled Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described Voronenkov's murder as an act of Russian "state terrorism".
President Poroshenko stated that Voronenkov was a key witness to Russia's aggression toward the Ukraine.
Russian Federation called the allegation "absurd". Parshov was badly wounded in the attack and died shortly after in a hospital without regaining consciousness.
Natspolitsiyi spokesman Jaroslav Trakalo said: "Yes, I can confirm that the victim - former State Duma deputy Voronenkov".
Ukraine's prosecutor general, Yuri Lutsenko, called the attack "the usual kind of Kremlin retribution", according to The Guardian. The attacker's identity is unknown, said Kiev police chief Andriy Kryschenko. He was a former member of the communist faction in the lower house of Russian parliament, and had moved to Ukraine last fall and had been granted Ukrainian citizenship.
Last month, Russia's powerful Investigative Committee said Voronenkov was on a wanted list over his alleged role in fraud dating back to 2010 involving a building in Moscow. He was scheduled to give testimony at Ukraine's military prosecutor's office, the goal of which was not immediately clear.
In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Denis Voronenkov and his wife Maria Maksakova visit a movie theater in Kiev, Ukraine.
"There's an obvious theory - I've said that Voronenkov wasn't a crook, but a deadly risky investigator for Russian officials", Ponomarev wrote on Facebook. President Poroshenko said Voronenkov's murder "clearly shows the handwriting of Russian special services, shown repeatedly in various European capitals in the past".
The Kremlin has confirmed that President Vladimir Putin has been informed of the murder but refused further comments.