Ukrainian military official killed in Kiev auto bombing, officials say

Online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda said the serviceman, Maxim Shapoval, was a high-ranking official involved in military intelligence.An officer of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Chief Intelligence Directorate, Col. Maksym Shapoval, was killed in a vehicle explosion in Kyiv’s Solomensky district on Tuesday morning, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on its website.Police say the car’s driver was killed immediately and two passers-by were slightly injured in this morning’s blast.Judging by initial indications, it appeared “obvious” that the blast was caused by an explosive device, said Artem Shevchenko, spokesman for the interior ministry.In June, a gunman posing as a reporter from the French newspaper Le Monde shot and wounded Adam Osmayev, a Russian citizen who fought for Kiev against Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east.”As a result of (the explosion) a member of the defense ministry’s main intelligence department, Colonel Maksim Shapoval, was killed”, the defense ministry said in a statement.Police said they were treating the incident as an act of terrorism and have launched an investigation to find the perpetrators.He joins a number of public figures who have been assassinated in and around Kiev including former Russian MP Denis Vorok, who was shot dead in March.Russian Federation denies carrying out cyber attacks on Ukraine and allegations it has fueled the eastern conflict by suppling rebels with troops and weapons.