Local police say this is a gang feud episode.
A bloody shootout that unfolded in broad daylight at a parking lot of one of the shopping centers in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, left one person involved dead and another one – wounded.
Conflicting media reports offer different versions of the incident – from an altercation that evolved into a live fire exchange to an assassination attempt.
The person who was shot dead in the incident was identified as Volodymyr Borokh, a witness in the investigation into the Kyiv assassination of ex-Russian State Duma MP Denis Voronenkov, that’s according to Graty outlet.
Borokh, Strana.ua reports, was a close ally and bodyguard of Georgy Isakov aka “Tyson”, who once was an associate of Yevgeny Zhilin, former chief of a Kharkiv-based pro-separatist organization Oplot, who had earlier been murdered outside Moscow.
Isakov is reported to have been wounded in the shootout and is now undergoing treatment in a local hospital.
Police say one of the men who took part in the shooting, who Depo.Kharkiv identifies as a Horlivka (occupied part of Donetsk region) native Oleksiy Titov, 47, fled from the scene but was soon located by patrol police near a city railway station.
Wounded and realizing that he is unable to flee from pursuit, the man engaged a hand grenade and blew himself up. The Podslushano V Politsii Telegram channel claims the perpetrator did not intend to commit a suicide but rather failed at hurling a grenade at police officers.
At the same time, local police say the attacker acted solo, doing a hit job. Kharkiv police chief Valeriy Sokurenko suggests the fact that the perpetrator blew himself up tells the investigation that he was more afraid of those who ordered him a hit that of police.
“The Podslushano V Politsii Telegram channel claims the perpetrator did not intend to commit a suicide but rather failed at hurling a grenade at police officers.”
This has a strong Russian smell to it. Too many coincidences for the swamp dwellers not to be behind this.
‘than’ not ‘that’ of police, my eurobuddies from (E)(U)nian)…
Nothing unusual in Ukraine… sadly…
This assassin realised he was going to die anyway. Once he did the job, he was expendable.