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Ukrainian Reporter Shot Dead in Kyiv

Oles Buzina published opinion pieces in Ukraine's Sevodnya daily newspaper supportive of Russia's policy toward Ukraine.
In the News 04-16-15
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Two gunmen shot and killed a leading Ukrainian reporter Thursday. Ukraine's interior ministry reported that Oles Buzina, chief editor of the newspaper Segodnya, was killed near his home in Kyiv.

Mr. Buzina was known for his pro-Russia positions.

On Wednesday, a former Ukrainian lawmaker also known as pro-Russian, was killed in a similar attack. That shooting also happened near his home in Ukraine's capital.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Mr. Buzina was killed for political reasons.

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