A Putin puppet and former Ukrainian MP has been found dead near Moscow hours after claiming in his final social media post that Volodymyr Zelensky would be forced to flee to Britain.
Ilya Kyva, 46, once a party leader in the Kyiv parliament, was found ‘covered in blood’ in a suspected assassination by Ukrainian secret services.
Russian law enforcement has launched a probe into his death at a country club in Odintsovo, near Moscow, where he lived in exile under Putin’s protection.
A Kremlin propagandist, who appeared on obediently state TV shows, he had alleged Zelensky was an MI6 stooge and cocaine addict.
Five hours before his death from a suspect knife wound to the left temple, he posted: ‘Zelensky’s only option is to flee to England, but even from there he is extradited when it is favourable to the Crown or dies when it is necessary for the Kremlin.’
Ilya Kyva, 46, once a party leader in the Kyiv parliament, was found ‘covered in blood’ in a suspected assassination by Ukrainian secret services
Russian law enforcement has launched a probe into his death at a country club in Odintsovo, near Moscow, where he lived in exile under Putin’s protection (File Photo)
Ilya Kiva, an opposition politician banned from parliament for supporting Putin’s invasion, called on Russia to use weapons of mass destruction (above)
He saw the US failure to back Zelensky’s plea for more cash and weapons this week as a victory for Putin and ‘the countdown to Zelensky’s removal from power’.
In a vitriolic post, he told followers: ‘At this stage, many countries are ready to accept [Zelensky] and his family and guarantee safety of life, but it is impossible to be sure that they will not be extradited later.
‘A logical end of the ******* who drowned the nation in blood.
‘It would be better for Zelensky to commit suicide now, as losers have always done, to take all the problems with him and close the issue.
‘But he is too cowardly and narcissistic for such actions.’
The cause of death was still being clarified, said Russian sources.
A source in Ukraine’s defence sector told AFP that its SBU security services had orchestrated the assassination of Kyva.
Kyva was wanted in his homeland for high treason in backing Putin’s invasion.
In April, Kiva urged Putin to use weapons of mass destruction against his own country amid growing fears that Russia could resort to using nukes.
Kiva posted the appeal to his Telegram channel – just a day after Zelensky warned that Putin could go nuclear.
Underneath the image of a nuclear explosion, Kiva wrote: ‘REMEMBER!!! – THEY ARE AFRAID AND RESPECT ONLY POWER!!!
Kiva was charged with treason for supporting Putin (File Photo)
Kiva was kicked out of parliament shortly after Russia invaded in February this year for repeating Kremlin propaganda that the country was overrun with Nazis, has no future and needs to be ‘liberated’ by Puti (File Photo)
‘Zelensky, his entourage and Western curators, are most afraid of a [Russian] pre-emptive strike [with] weapons of mass destruction.
‘This is what can put an end to today’s confrontation, not only with the Ukrainian authorities, but with the entire West which actively and already openly takes part today in the military conflict in Ukraine…
‘If anyone thinks that this is not according to the rules, remember: the West wrote these rules in its own interests and only in order to more effectively destroy you.’
He spoke out after President Zelensky sat down for an interview with CNN in which he warned that the West needs to prepare for the possibility that Putin will resort to using nuclear or chemical weapons against his country.
Western officials feared the Russian strongman could resort to such desperate measures in a last-ditch effort to turn the tide of war in his favour after a series of embarrassing battlefield defeats.
‘They could do it,’ Zelensky said. ‘For them the life of the people [means] nothing. That’s why.
‘We should not be afraid… but be ready. That is a question not only for Ukraine but for all the world, I think.’
His warning had been echoed days earlier by CIA director William Burns who said the threat of a Russian nuclear strike was not to be ‘taken lightly’.
‘Given the potential desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership, given the setbacks that they’ve faced so far, militarily, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons,’ he said.
‘We’re obviously very concerned. I know President Biden is deeply concerned about avoiding a third world war, about avoiding a threshold in which nuclear conflict becomes possible.’
Kiva, who was from Poltava in central Ukraine, trained as a mechanic and psychologist before entering the civil service, and was working as a police major during Russia’s last invasion – in 2014.
He led a far-right nationalist party in eastern Ukraine before getting a job in the Donetsk regional administration, then moved to the federal government and served as adviser to interior minister Arsen Avakov.
Kiva was elected to parliament himself in 2019 for a pro-Russia party founded by arrested oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, having run unsuccessfully for president.
Kiva was kicked out of parliament shortly after Russia invaded in February this year for repeating Kremlin propaganda that the country was overrun with Nazis, has no future and needs to be ‘liberated’ by Putin.
Ukraine’s Channel 24 said the ‘liquidation’ of Kyva near Moscow was ‘a special operation of the SBU’ [intelligence service].
In one virulently anti-Zelensky diatribe on Russian state TV, he said: ‘The obliteration of the Slavic world that started in 1941 was merely put on hold in 1945…
‘The West regrouped for another strategic blow, because the key aim is total destruction of the Slavic world…
‘The collapse of the Soviet Union was a tragedy… splitting us into separate parts now getting captured, colonised and destroyed.
‘Ukraine is a vivid example of this.…occupied and under the rule of the West…’
He added: ‘Ukrainian intelligence has been recently under MI6 control and these curators of President Zelensky’s agenda give him false information.
‘They tell him [lies] about successes of the Ukrainian army…how the Russians will start negotiating.
‘Then there is his psychiatric and physical state.
‘It’s no secret that he got to power because he is easily controlled.
‘He is a drug addict. Cocaine.
‘His addiction to cocaine also distorts reality.’