Journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car explosion on Wednesday morning, Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper reported. "The car exploded on the junction of Bohdana Khmelnytskoho and Ivana Franka Streets, in front of a McDonald's fast food restaurant," it said.
The car exploded when Sheremet was driving it at 7.45 a.m. in the central part of Kiev, on the corner of Ivan Franko and Bohdan Khmelnytskiy Streets. The car belonged to Olena Prytula, the founding editor of Ukrainska Pravda. The explosion killed one person and created a 50 cm crater.
An adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, Anton Gerashchenko, said that there is "no doubt the blast was caused by an explosive device implanted by malefactors. Evidently, the bomb had either a frequency-induction fuse or clock-operated bomb."
Sheremet was a well-known Russian journalist and political analyst specializing in relations between Russia and Ukraine, as well as developments in former Soviet republics. For the past few years, he lived in Kiev, worked for the Ukrayinska Pravda online edition and hosted a morning show on Radio Vesti.