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    Russia Slams UK Over 'Disgraceful' Silence Over Murders of Kiev Opponents

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    Over the last few days, two journalists and an opposition politician were killed in Ukraine. All men were known for their sharp criticism of Ukraine's ruling government and President Petro Poroshenko.

    LONDON (Sputnik) — The United Kingdom's silence over the "appalling" recent killings of journalists in Ukraine is a "disgrace," the Russian embassy in London said Friday.

    "Journalist killings in Ukraine [are] appalling. But not a word of condemnation from Britain. What a disgrace."

    On Thursday, Ukrainian opposition journalist Oles Buzina, a former columnist and editor of the daily newspaper Segodnya, was shot dead in Kiev by two men wearing masks. Buzina was known for his criticism of the current Ukrainian government. He advocated for a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis and the country's federalization.

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    Some hours earlier, on Wednesday evening, former Ukrainian member of parliament and government critic Oleh Kalashnikov, 52, was murdered at his residence in Kiev. Kalashnikov was also a vocal critic of the country's ruling government.

    Just one day before, on Tuesday, Donetsk journalist Sergei Sukhobok was killed. He was one of the founders of the online media outlet Obkom and ProUA, and was also known for his opposition to the Ukrainian leadership.

    A series of recent killings of well-known politicians and journalists in Ukraine resemble a campaign of political terror, a senior Russian diplomat said Friday.

    "It clearly resembles a campaign of political terror. It is the most appropriate term to categorize the recent events in Ukraine," Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry's Special Representative for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said in an interview with Rossiya-1 television.

    Earlier in the day, Ravina Shamdasani, the spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, condemned the recent killings in Ukraine and called for an investigation into the incidents.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called the latest killings political crimes. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, in turn, said it was a provocation against Ukraine and called for a probe into the incidents.


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