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A Chechen man accused of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin was wounded and his wife killed when their car was ambushed near Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, according to several reports.

Amina Okuyeva was shot and killed while in the car with her husband, Adam Osmayev, who was injured in the attack, Anton Gerashchenko, a member of parliament and adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister said, according to Fox News.

“She was shot in the head. I drove as much as I could until the car stopped, I don’t know, the engine was also hit. I tried to give her first aid, but she was shot in the head,” Osmayev told Ukrainian media, according to the BBC.

A hail of bullets hit their car in Hlevaha village, a rural area.

Ukrainian officials suspect that the Russian state was involved.

Okuyeva has hero status in Ukraine for having fought the pro-Russian rebels.

Russian prosecutors have long demanded Ukraine extradite Osmayev, an ethnic Chechen who faced charges related to a 2012 plot to assassinate Putin with powerful explosives. They claimed Osmayev and other plotters were linked to a Chechen rebel warlord.

Russian officials said Mr Osmayev was suspected of being part of a plot by Islamists to kill Mr Putin.

Russia later asked Ukraine to hand over Mr Osmayev – but the Kiev authorities refused to do so, saying they wanted to wait until the European Court of Human Rights considered his appeal against extradition. He was freed after two-and-a-half years in a Ukrainian prison.

Gerashchenko said a motive was not yet known, Reuters reported.

The ambush follows last week’s car bombing in Kiev which killed at least two people and wounded three others, including, Ihor Mosiychuk, who was involved in the opposition Radical Party, Reuters reported.

From the BBC:

Warning of ‘harsh response’

The Chechen couple are well-known figures in Ukraine, after fighting as volunteers for Ukraine’s military in the Donbass region against pro-Russian rebels.

Mr Osmayev commanded the Dzhokhar Dudayev volunteer battalion, named after the late Chechen rebel leader who led a nationalist uprising against Russian forces in the 1990s.

Ms Okuyeva served as a medic in Ukraine’s Kiev-2 battalion and fought in Debaltseve, taken by the pro-Russian rebels in February 2015 after months of clashes.

On Facebook the head of Ukraine’s National Security Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, wrote that “Russia, continuing its aggression in eastern Ukraine, has unleashed terror deep behind the lines, killing courageous defenders of our country”.

The killing of Ms Okuyeva “is a challenge to our country which requires a harsh and suitable response”, he wrote.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman wrote on Facebook: “Let the true patriot of Ukraine be remembered forever!”

No-one has so far claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.


Kiev has in recent years seen a number of deadly attacks on high-profile politicians and journalists.

Low-level skirmishes continue in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev’s forces face heavily armed separatists who control a large swathe of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Russian-speaking rebels have sworn loyalty to Moscow.



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