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Attack on Ukrainian MP indicates sustained threat of assassinations targeting government, civil society groups and security services

26 October 2017


On 25 October 2017, a sticky improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a motorcycle parked next to Ukrainian opposition MP Ihor Mosiychuk’s car was detonated in central Kiev, outside Espresso TV’s editorial office. Mosiychuk is a member of the populist Radical Party. His bodyguard and a passer-by were killed while Mosiychuk and two other men were injured.

Initial reports by the Ukrainian security service (Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrayiny, SBU), highlighted that the IED detonated as the MP left the TV station, indicating that he was the target and that the attack required a degree of surveillance and planning. Yesterday’s explosion was the sixth such incident involving politically motivated assassinations using vehicle-borne IEDs in Ukraine in the past 16 months.

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