A senior consultant with the information policy department at the Presidential Administration of Ukraine was assaulted and murdered in Kyiv.

His body was found near a church with a fractured skull, his hands covered in blood, according to the Ukraina Krymynlna publication.

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An ID of a Presidential Administration employee valid until December 31, 2018, was recovered at the crime scene.

According to, the murdered official is Oleksandr Bukhtaty.

A police source says the killing is not viewed as related to the man's professional activity, while signs of a street robbery are in place.

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