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    Killing of Journalist in Kiev 'Intolerable for Democratic Society'

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    The murder of prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev is unacceptable in a country that deems itself to be free and democratic, US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said in a press release.

    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.

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