Another one bites the dust as Russian MP Denis Voronenkov was assassinated in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street in Ukraine.
Voronenkov and his security guard were reportedly attacked by an unidentified gunman at the entrance of an upmarket Premier Palace hotel in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, The Telegraph reported.
Yuri Lutsenko Ukraine’s prosecutor general writing on Facebook said that it was “typical public Kremlin punishment of a witness,” adding that Voronenkov had been due to speak to military prosecutors on Thursday, The Guardian reported.
Voronenkov testified as a witness in a treason case against Viktor Yanukovych, the Moscow-backed former president who was ousted in the maidan coup.
The Kremlin has released a statement denying any involvement, calling the accusations “absurd”.
“We believe that all the falsehoods that can already be heard about much-hyped Russian involvement are absurd,” said Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova went further, stating that the “killer regime” in Kiev “will do its best to make sure that no one will ever know the truth about what happened”.
This comes as Russia’s space agency Roscosmos’ Vladimir Evdokimov was mysteriously found stabbed to death in his prison cell on Monday.
Voronenkov’s death brings the total of dead Russian officials in the past six months to eight, six of which occurred in a period of 60 days.
Is Russia killing their own officials or is the U.S. deep state murdering them in a silent war?