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People are seen in the city park against the background of the 11th century Monastery of Caves in the capital Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

A former Russian lawmaker who compared Putin to Hitler was shot and killed in Ukraine


A former Russian lawmaker who once compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler was shot and killed in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday morning.

Denis Voronenkov was killed near a hotel in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Bloomberg reports. His bodyguard was also injured in the shooting. He returned fire and wounded the attacker.

Voronenkov, a former opera singer and member of Putin's ruling party, fled Russia for Ukraine last year, becoming a citizen in February. 

Voronenkov was testifying in a treason case against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in deadly protests three years ago and now lives in Russia.

Voronenkov described the situation in Russia as similar to "Hitler's Nazi Germany."

The Kremlin dismissed accusations of Russian involvement as "absurd."

This photo provided by Ukrainian Emergency Situations Ministry press service a fire rages at a military ammunition depot in Balaklia near Khrakiv in Ukraine on Thursday, March 23 2017. There was no immediate information about any casualties. Ukrainian officials say the massive fire that prompted the evacuation of 20,000 has been caused sparked by sabotage.. (AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via AP)

Elsewhere in Ukraine, a massive fire at a military arsenal prompted 20,000 evacuations Thursday. Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said the fire had likely been started by Russian or pro-Russian separatist saboteurs.

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