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The car being used by Pavlo Sheremet belonged to Olena Prytula, his common-law wife and the owner of Ukrainska Pravda, according to his friends.

Ms Prytula was not in the car at the time of the explosion, according to the report.

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Police have tentatively ruled the incident a homicide.

Ukraine Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that the blast occurred due to an explosive device. “This is murder,” he said.