Pavlo Sheremet, the Ukrainian reporter, perished today in Kyiv, died after the vehicle explosion. His death was not immediate, an eyewitness reported.
Upon the explosion, a waiter working in a nearby restaurant fled to the car and saw that Sheremet was still alive; however, his legs were badly stuck inside the wrecked vehicle.
‘So far, the investigation group found that the driver managed to drive 500-600 meters from his home, and the explosive device went off as he turned’, Nadiya Maksymets’, spokeswoman of Kyiv Prosecutor's Office, said in commentary with 112 Ukraine TV channel
The journalist passed away in the ambulance, soon after medics took him out of the car and took him to the hospital.
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Sheremets murder might launch attempt to swing Ukrainian state, Deputy Head of Parliamentary Committee on Media Freedom and Information Policy Serhiy Vysotsky said. ‘Frankly speaking, I think we’re facing something like another Gongadze case. It might be a start of a special covert operation, designed by the Kremlin. I think it might be an attempt to swing the Ukrainian statehood... I’m sure if the Prosecutor General’s Office, the police, and Ukraine’s Security Service join efforts, they will succeed. These people are professionals’, the MP added.
OSCE Representative on Media Freedom Dunja Mijatovic reacted to the reporter's fatality via Twitter. ‘RIP Pavlo Sheremet - devastating news, perpetrators & mastermind behind this murder have to be brought before justice’, Dunja Mijatovic tweeted.
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‘Pavlo stays in our media space, and he will physically stay in Belarus now. His mom said Pavlo will be buried in his home city, Minsk; he will return home, only not alive anymore’, Radio Liberty’s reporter and journalist’s colleague, Valeriy Kalynovsky, said.
Sheremet's colleague and friend, Belarusian journalist Svetlana Kalinkina, confirmed this. "Pavel will be buried in Minsk," Kalinkina said on Facebook.