Ukrainian politician's son killed in attack in Kyiv

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Ukrainian politician's son killed in attack in Kyiv
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Unknown gunmen opened fire at the car of a local lawmaker in the centre of Ukraine's capital Kyiv on Sunday, killing his three-year-old son, a police source said.

Vyacheslav Sobolev, a businessman and Kyiv regional council lawmaker was at the wheel of the car when it was attacked, said the source, whom Reuters said wished to remain anonymous.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has not identified the owner of the vehicle or the identity of the victim.

"As a result of a gunshot wound, a child died in a car ambulance on the way to hospital," Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs said on Facebook.

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Publiée par МВС України sur Dimanche 1 décembre 2019

Sobolev is a businessman from Donetsk, a flashpoint of pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine. In 2010-2011 he was an executive at Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz.

There have been several murders of well-known figures on the streets of Kyiv since Russia annexed Crimea and a pro-Moscow rebellion flared up in east Ukraine in 2014.

Pavel Sheremet, a Belarussian journalist known for his criticism of his home country's leadership and his friendship with the slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was killed in a car bomb in Kyiv in 2016.