Two close associates of Vladimir Putin assassinated within hours


Two close associates of Vladimir Putin assassinated within hours
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Two allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin were killed on Wednesday within hours of each other. Illia Kyva, a pro-Russian former Ukrainian politician, was found dead in a Moscow suburb. Ukrainian officials, including an SBU representative, claimed responsibility for Kyva's assassination.

Kyva had been ousted from the Ukrainian parliament after Russia's invasion in February 2022 and later moved to Russia. He was sentenced in absentia to 14 years in prison by a Ukrainian court. Few expected that such outcomes would occur.

Ukrainian military intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov hinted at Kiev's involvement in Kyva's death, calling him "one of the biggest s*, traitors, and collaborators." Andriy Yusov threatened that all those who decide to be on the opponent's side will experience the same fate.

We still don't know if this is a threat to other Ukrainians, but certainly, such statements cause fear for individuals. "We can confirm that Kyva is done. Such a fate will befall other traitors of Ukraine, as well as the henchmen of the Putin regime"

Oleg Popov's death: Reactions

Another incident involved Oleg Popov, a former deputy of the parliament of the Russian-occupied Lugansk People's Republic, who was killed in a car explosion near the Avangard Stadium in Luhansk.

The LPR was established after Putin annexed Ukrainian regions in 2022. While Ukrainian officials have not claimed responsibility for Popov's death, Russian authorities reported the incident through TASS. Many believe that this will deepen the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and create even bigger problems.

A reaction from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will soon follow. The situation is becoming tense and chaotic, and many expect this to escalate into a much bigger mess. Ukrainians, on the other hand, are clear in their intentions. They are ready to fight the enemy until the last day and never give up.

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