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    The gunman shot former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov four times in Kiev, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said Thursday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) – According to him, around 20 shells were found on site of the murder.

    "The slain Mr Voronenkov received one bullet in the neck, two in the face and one in the abdomen," Lutsenko told a briefing.

    The killer of former Russian State Duma lawmaker Denis Voronenkov is in critical condition, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General said.

    Earlier reports said the suspected killer had been wounded by a security guard of the ex-lawmaker.

    "The killer has two wounds to the chest and head. A penetrating shot to the head prevents us from carrying out investigation work with him now. The killer is on the verge of death. His cardiac performance is maintained artificially. He cannot be contacted at the moment," Lutsenko said at a briefing.

    "As for the versions, at this point we have two versions," Lutsenko said.

    He explained that Voronenkov had worked in the Russian agency for fighting drugs and smuggling, had been the head of the department fighting against criminal groups and investigating the cases of smuggling.

    "So at this point, the preliminary leads are a murder of a witness in the case of [Ukrainian ex-President] Yanukovych and the possible murder [in connection with] smuggling," Lutsenko specified.

    According to Lutsenko, both leads would be worked out in the course of the investigation, which had been transferred to the Kiev prosecutor’s office.

    The Russian former lawmaker was shot dead in central Kiev.

    Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin was briefed on Voronenkov's death in Kiev. He later commented on Kiev's accusations of Russia allegedly being behind Voronenkov's death by saying that the allegations are absurd. He added that Ukraine was unable to ensure Voronenkov's safety and stressed that "we hope that the killer and those who are behind those actions will be identified."

    Denis Voronenkov, along with his wife, also a former State Duma deputy, Maria Maksakova, left Russia last year and soon received Ukrainian citizenship. The ex-lawmaker himself claimed political reasons are behind his departure, but the Russian Investigative Committee considered Voronenkov's move as an attempt to hide from the investigation as the former deputy was arrested in absentia over the case of an illegal seizure of a building in Moscow.

    After moving to Kiev, Voronenkov testified to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine against former President Viktor Yanukovych.


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