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Ukraine Assassinates Zelensky Critic ‘Traitor, Collaborator’ Politician

Ilya Kiba, a member of Ukraine’s parliament until the outbreak of war and the purge of opposition members, was shot in the head in an assassination announced by Ukrainian intelligence.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has admitted that it was involved in the murder of a former parliamentarian who was found dead in Moscow, Russia. report. A report in Ukraine’s state news agency described Ilya Kiba as a “traitor, collaborator, top propagandist…criminal” and said he was “liquidated” with “small arms” or gunfire.

BBC report A spokesperson for Ukraine’s military intelligence service not only acknowledged the state-sanctioned assassination, but said more would follow. He is said to have said: “Yes, we can confirm that Kiba is no more. This fate will befall other Ukrainian traitors and puppets of the Putin regime.” The newspaper said that his body was found in a village west of Moscow, Russian police are reportedly investigating.of Post said He was found with a “gunshot wound to the head.”

The former presidential candidate was a member of the pro-Moscow Opposition Platform for Life in Ukraine’s parliament, but was stripped of his seat in 2022 after he spoke in support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Days after Kiba had his entire party kicked out of parliament. Along with 11 other Ukrainian pro-Russian parties — banned as part of the country’s state of emergency martial law.

Representative Ilya Kiba attends the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv, Ukraine, October 2, 2019. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto, Getty Images)

Kiba fled Ukraine to Russia and was convicted in absentia of high treason for supporting Russian military operations. In an interview in April 2022, Kiba said said “Zelensky, his inner circle, and Western curators” feared Russian nuclear weapons; claimed Zelensky himself was reportedly a drug addict. Kiba also previously accused President Zelenskiy has used assassination plots to eliminate political opponents.

This killing prompted Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko to make an unusual statement of opposition for an active Ukrainian politician, expressing concern that “Ukraine will soon be “no different from Russia anymore.” It happened just days after it hit the headlines.

The announcement also comes amid the apparent exclusion of a number of other former Ukrainian opposition members, or “traitors.” Last month, Kiev claimed responsibility for the killing of another pro-Russian Ukrainian politician, Mikhail Filiponenko, killed in a car bomb in the Russian-occupied Luhansk region. Ukraine’s Intelligence Directorate warned at the time: “Traitors to Ukraine and collaborators of terrorist Russia in the temporarily occupied territories… will receive just retribution!” The hunt continues! ”

Just today, another apparent car bomb murder occurred, in which the Ukrainian state has not yet claimed responsibility. Oleg Popov, a Ukrainian who was helping Russia take over Luhansk, was also killed when his car exploded. report Le Monde.of new york post state Popov already survived an assassination attempt last year, and sources claim the SBU is responsible for today’s murder, but this has not been confirmed.

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