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>> This was the moment a car bomb killed renowned Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet on Wednesday morning. He was on his way to work at investigative website Ukrainska Pravda. The blast detonating just meters away from the Reuters office in Kiev. Our correspondent Margaryta Chornokondratenko is there.>> So now I'm standing at the place where Pavel was killed by a car blast.
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It was probably an explosive device. Several versions why it happened were already elaborated. The first and the obvious one is Pavel's professional activity. Pavel was known for outstanding criticism of Belarus from where he was expelled, and then of Putin's regime. He was also a good friend of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed as well.
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>> Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the attack was an attempt to destabilize Ukraine, the Interior Ministry not ruling out Russian involvement. Stranded in the street, the charred car is a stark reminder of the situation facing journalists here. The founder of the investigative newspaper Georgiy Gongadze was murdered 16 year ago, his body found decapitated in a forest outside Kiev.
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That incident helping to precipitate Ukraine's Orange Revolution.>> And if you ask me, was it's dangerous to be journalist in Ukraine, I would say yes. And I guess, statistics, illustrate it even better. So, in 2014, seven journalists were killed. In 2015, two more journalists were killed. And now it's Pavel Sheremet who passed away just several hours ago.
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>> The organization for security and cooperation in Europe calling for action to address journalists' safety in Ukraine on Wednesday. Investigators now looking at all possible scenarios leading up to Pavel's death.