July 21, 2016 – The moment when a bomb was planted under the car of Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was recorded in the outdoor CCTV cameras, the Ukrainian publication Mirror Weekly said on Thursday citing own sources.
“Now the killed journalist’s car is being examined. Besides, the investigating group is watching video footage from the outdoor CCTV cameras,” the weekly said. “As reports say, one of the CCTV cameras recorded the moment when the explosives were installed under the car of Yelena Pritula overnight to July 20.”
The media reports say that the investigation are pursuing the main line of inquiry that the criminals targeted no-one but Pavel Sheremet.
“Preliminary information, collected by the investigating group when they examined the body and the car, testifies to the fact. The calculation was precise and expert as the planted bomb was strong enough for the driver to be hurt but did not injure anybody nearby,” a police source said, noting that if any passengers had been inside the car, they would have survived.
Journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in Kiev on Wednesday morning when a bomb went off in the car he was driving. Police classified his death as premeditated murder.
Two eyewitnesses told Reuters they heard a loud blast and saw an explosion from underneath the car, which was found charred in the middle of the cobbled street.
The car exploded soon after Sheremet left his home in the Ukrainian capital and the vehicle was burned out completely.
Police believe an explosive device was placed under the driver’s seat.
Sheremet worked for the country’s top online news website Ukrainska Pravda. The publication said he was about to drive to work to anchor a talk show on a local radio station when he was killed.
The car was owned by the publication’s editor-in-chief – Sheremet’s partner – Olena Prytula.
During his career, the Belarusian-born journalist irked officials in Belarus and Russia before he moved to Ukraine in 2014 after making clear his opposition to Putin’s policies on Ukraine.
Authorities are checking three theories regarding his death – his professional activity as a journalist, personal enmity, and a ‘Russian trace’, said Interior Ministry official Zorian Shkiryak.
The explosive device – of up to 600 grams in TNT or equivalent – set off in the car is believed to have been detonated by remote control.
‘I named three main versions that are not ruled out – his professional activity [and] hostile relations, (and) of course we should be well aware that when a hybrid war is waged against us, considering how professionally this bloody murder was committed, we cannot exclude a Russian trace,’ Shkiryak said.
The journalist was close to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down outside the Kremlin last year.
He described the slain politician as ‘like my elder brother’, and had blamed Moscow’s secret services for involvement in the killing.
It is believed that Nemtsov had met Sheremet in Kiev only days before he was shot in Moscow.
In a testimony to investigators, Nemtsov’s glamorous Ukrainian model girlfriend Anna Duritskaya was asked who Nemtsov’s friends were in Ukraine.
‘Journalist Pavel Sheremet, I don’t know anybody else,’ she told them in leaked testimony.
There was speculation today that Sheremet’s death could be linked to that of Nemtsov, in which Moscow investigators see a trace to Chechnya.
Sheremet had also accused Putin of wanted a huge carve-up of Ukraine, cutting its access to the Black Sea, which ‘will allow Russia to cut into the body of the Eastern Europe’.