Censor.NET reports referring to a statement by U.S. Department of State spokesman John Kirby.
"We are shocked and saddened by the killing of Ukrainska Pravda journalist Pavel Sheremet in a car bombing in Kyiv. We join the government of Ukraine in support of a full and impartial investigation that will bring those responsible to justice," the statement reads.
Kirby welcomed the statements by the police and prosecutor general that the act will be fully investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice, noting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun to assist Ukrainian authorities with their investigation.
The U.S. Department of State also extended sympathies to Sheremet's partner Olena Prytula, his family, and his colleagues at Ukrainska Pravda..
As reported, prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in downtown Kyiv on Wednesday morning, July 20. The incident is preliminary qualified as murder. National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze said the investigation into Sheremet's killing would be a matter of honor for her. Kyiv prosecutor Hovda took the probe under personal control. The Information Policy Ministry is set to establish an inter-agency working group to investigate the death of Sheremet.
According to witnesses, the explosion occurred when Sheremet stopped at an exit to a main road. They note high detonation velocity.
Prosecutor General Lutsenko commented on the tragedy: "The death of Sheremet was due to an explosive device. It's a murder." Later, the Interior Ministry added a homemade shell-less explosive device was used, its power equivalent to 600 grams of TNT.
The tragic death of the journalist provoked strong public outcry. The chief editor of Ukrainska Pravda Sevhil Musaieva-Borovyk said: "This is a blow to entire Ukrainian journalism." OSCE called for bringing organizers and perpetrators to justice. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linkevičius called for a thorough investigation. Ukrainian President Poroshenko expressed his sympathies to the family and friends of Sheremet. Verkhovna Rada Speaker Parubii called for an immediate investigation. Similarly, an urgent and effective probe was ordered by Prime Minister Hroisman. NSDC Secretary Turchynov also expressed his condolences. President Poroshenko said international experts from FBI will be involved in investigation of the killing.
Sheremet will be buried in Minsk.
Originally from Minsk, Sheremet was particularly critical of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown on dissent.
In 1997, the journalist was arrested while reporting about smuggling across the Belarus-Lithuanian border and sentenced to two years in prison - a move widely viewed as politically motivated. Amnesty International declared him prisoner of conscience.
In 1999, Sheremet was presented with the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award. In 2002, he was presented with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Prize for Journalism and Democracy.
Over the past five years, Sheremet has lived in Kyiv, worked for Ukrainska Pravda and was a host at Vesti radio.
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