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Assassination attempt on Mosiychuk: Assumptions by Ukrainian officials
10:21, 26 October 2017
Assassination attempt on Mosiychuk: Assumptions by Ukrainian officials

Counselor of Ukraine’s Interior Minister and fellow MPs share their views of who could be behind the high-profile attempt to kill the Ukrainian lawmaker

10:21, 26 October 2017

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There is a Russian trail in the attempt on the life of Ukrainian MP Ihor Mosiychuk. Ramzan Kadyrov, the pro-Russian leader of Chechnya could have been behind the whole assault. Ivan Varchenko, the counselor to Ukraine’s Interior Minister said that in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.  

According to Varchenko, in 2014, Kadyrov threatened to kill Mosiychuk. ’There could be a lot of options, but the contractor is only one, and it’s Russia. There are certain pieces of evidence, particularly the statements of Kadyrov he made in 2014, in which he stated he would kill Mosiychuk and some of his colleagues. The investigation group considers other options, - and they should, of course – but I guess there’s enough evidence to consider the Russian trail a priority. There’s a chance there can be many different perpetrators,’ he said.

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In 2014, a video appeared on the Web, where Ihor Mosiychuk shoots Ramzan Kadyrov’s portrait, which was accompanied by his sidekicks shouting ‘Glory to the free Ichkeriya!’ (Ichkeriya is the official name used for the independent Chechnya in the 1990s, before it was annexed by Russia, - 112 International).

In turn, Vasyl Amelchenko, Mosiychuk’s fellow MP in Oleg Lyashko’s Radical party, assumed that the attempt on Mosiychuk’s life is somehow connected to his election campaign, when he qualified for the Ukrainian Parliament in 2014.

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Yuriy Chyzhmar, another fellow MP, anticipated that the contractors of the attempt on Mosiychuk’s life should be searched for in Ukraine. ‘I guess it’s a Ukrainian trail here; I would also consider this while searching for the Russian trail in this case,’ he said in his commentary for 112 Ukraine TV channel.   

As is known, two people were killed and another three were wounded due to the explosion in Kyiv on Wednesday night; MP Ihor Mosiychuk suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital for surgery. His life is beyond danger now.

The police considers the incident a terrorist act. 

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