Ukraine president: Putin critic’s murder a “Russian state terorrist act”

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Without mincing words, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko fired a verbal salvo at Vladimir Putin by calling the murder of a frequent critic of the Kremlin a “Russian state terrorist act.”

Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was gunned down in broad daylight on Thursday in Kiev by a perpetrator, who also later died at the hospital from gunshot wounds he suffered after being shot by Voronenkov’s bodyguard.

Moscow has denied any connection to the shooting and called any claims to the contrary “absurd,” according to Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on TASS, a Russian state-run news agency.

Voronenkov is only the latest of Putin critics to either die or become injured under suspicious circumstances. He and his wife Maria Maksakova — also a former Russian lawmaker — had fled to the Ukraine last October because of what they had described as “pressure from Russian security services.”

Since living in the Ukraine, Voronenkov has frequently criticized Moscow and said that the annexation of Crimea was “illegal” and a “mistake.”

He also had given testimony in the treason case against former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who is pro-Russia and fled his country in 2014.


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