Ukraine releases image of 'traitor MP's body' shot dead in Moscow

Ukraine releases image of ‘traitor MP’s body’ and video ‘showing assassin lying in wait’ before lawmaker was shot dead in Moscow – as Kyiv issues warning to ‘criminals who have gone over to the enemy’

  • Ilya Kyva, 46, was gunned down last week in the grounds of a club near Moscow
  • Kyiv officials declared a similar fate would await any other ‘enemies’ of Ukraine 

Ukrainian intelligence today revealed chilling images from the scene of the assassination of Ilya Kyva, a ‘traitor’ and former Kyiv MP turned Putin puppet. 

Kyva, 46, was gunned down last week as he went for a walk in a supposedly safe location near Moscow.

Images from the scene show his body lying in the snow – and the weapons used to ‘liquidate’ him were discovered hanging on a tree nearby. 

The SBU secret service made clear the images and footage were deliberately released as a warning to other Ukrainians collaborating with Vladimir Putin’s invading forces.

A source said: ‘This is a signal to all traitors and war criminals who have gone over to the enemy’s side.

‘Remember, Russia will not protect you.

‘As the Head of the SBU Vasily Malyuk noted earlier, death is the only prospect that awaits the enemies of Ukraine.’

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) shares the first pictures and video from the murder scene of former Ukrainian MP Ilya Kyva

Images from the scene show Kyva’s body lying in the snow – and the weapons used to ‘liquidate’ him were discovered hanging on a tree nearby

Exiled pro-Putin former Ukrainian MP, Ilya Kyva, was shot dead in Russia in December 2023. He is pictured here with his famly in this undated photo

The images of the crime scene were snapped in the closely guarded grounds of Velich Country Club, seen as a safe house for the slain Ukrainian.

The club is just 12 miles from Putin’s main official residence, Novo-Ogarevo, outside Moscow, and is less than 30 miles from the Kremlin.

Kyva had reportedly been living at the club – which had hotel facilities and ‘good security’ – with a girlfriend.

A video, taken at the scene by the alleged killer shortly before the shooting, shows how the assassin was waiting amid the snow and trees, waiting for a man to walk by. 

‘This is what my office looks like,’ he said, his voice garbled to protect his identity. 

‘There’s a red carpet that runs around, a chair, a road to the bus,’ he joked, showing his surroundings, before settling the camera on a figure walking through the snowdrift a few dozen feet away. It is unclear whether that figure was Kyva.

Russia’s Investigative Committee is now probing the killing.

A Kremlin propagandist, who appeared on obedient state TV shows, Kyva had alleged Zelensky was an MI6 stooge and cocaine addict.

He was a former policeman and government official, having led the Socialist party in the Ukrainian parliament from 2017-19.

In 2019 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Ukrainian presidency, but then turned to Russia. He asked Putin for political asylum and a Russian passport.

He was earlier this year handed a 14-year jail sentence for high treason in a trial conducted in absentia as Kyva had already fled to live in Russia. 

Hours before he died, Kyva had in his final social media post predicted that a defeated Volodymyr Zelensky would be forced to flee to Britain.

‘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,’ he said.

Former Ukrainian MP Kyva claimed Volodymyr Zelensky was an MI6 stooge and cocaine addict

Russia’s Investigative Committee is now probing the killing

Vasyl Malyuk, head of the SBU – Ukrainian security service – is pictured with Zelensky

Speaking on the killing, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said: ‘Regardless of the incident with Kyva, it is very important for everyone who actively cooperates with the Russian occupation administrations in one way or another to understand that their risks are extreme, even if they are located on Russian territory.’

‘Of course, the activity and capabilities of the Ukrainian special services have grown enormously over the past two years.

‘Risks for such people will be preserved or even multiplied.’

Ukraine’s military intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov also made clear his state was responsible for the killing.

‘We can confirm that [Ilya] Kyva is the real deal,’ he said.

‘This is the fate that befalls the biggest traitors of Ukraine, as well as the henchmen of the Putin regime.

‘He was one of the biggest and most disgusting scum, a traitor and collaborator.

‘So here we can only state that justice….has different forms…

‘Among others, characters like Kyva… unfortunately, there are still plenty in Russia.’

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