Saturday, July 26
Oleh Babaiev, mayor of Kremenchuk, Poltava Oblast, a major industrial and transportation center of Ukraine, was shot dead around 10:00 AM on July 26, according to an active member of Euromaidan in Poltava Oblast, Ukrayinska Pravda says.
“Babaiev was shot dead in Kremenchuk half an hour ago or so. All we know is that it happened at the entrance to the building where he lived. He was killed with three shots,” the source detailed.
Later he corrected this information. Babaiev started his car and rolled to the dumpster, stopped there to drop the trash. He was shot when he was returning to the car.
“He died on the spot,” the source confirmed. The police has opened a criminal case under Article ”premeditated murder.”
Earlier, an attempt at murdering another Ukrainian mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, was made. The Lviv mayor’s house on vul.Striletska 1 was shelled with a Mukha anti-tank projectile at 23:30 on July 25. There was no one in the house, as Mr. Sadovyi had left with his family for the weekend.
According to the latest information, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Security Service are studying the possibility of classifying these events not as attempted murder and murder, but as an act of terrorism, as Advisor to the MIA Chairman Anton Heraschenko wrote on his FB page.
Translated by Inga Kononenko&Alya Shandra