A former Russian MP, who had fled to Ukraine last year, has been shot dead outside his hotel in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
A former Russian MP who fled to Ukraine last year has been shot dead outside a hotel in the capital, Kiev.
Denis Voronenkov and his bodyguard were attacked as they left the Premier Palace hotel in the centre of the city, reports say.
The bodyguard fired back at the attacker and both were wounded, according to local media.
Mr Voronenkov was a controversial figure, who left Russia amid accusations of fraud.
Witnesses say they heard seven shots fired outside the hotel. The attack was most likely a contract killing, Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko told 112 Ukrayina TV.
President Petro Poroshenko went further, accusing Russia of “state terrorism”. He also linked the shooting to the series of explosions at a munitions dump near Kharkiv, in Ukraine’s north-east, describing it as the “signature style of Russian special services”