WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Sheremet, a news anchor living in Kiev, died in a blast when a car he was traveling in blew up in the heart of the Ukrainian capital. The Interior Ministry said the explosion had been caused by a bomb, probably remote-controlled.
"Mr. Sheremet’s killing must not be tolerated in a free and democratic society," the release, issued on Wednesday, stated.
Sheremet, Kirby noted, played a crucial role in Ukraine’s democracy by reporting on issues critical to the public, including corruption and governance.
"Mr. Sheremet, a Belarusian citizen, served as an example to journalists in the region through his courageous and tenacious reporting," Kirby added.
Earlier on Wednesday, a US State Department official told Sputnik the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is providing assistance to the Ukrainian authorities in the probe into Sheremet’s murder.