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Ukraine official says Russian agent killed Kremlin critic

  • In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Denis Voronenkov visits a movie theater in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian police said Voronenkov was shot dead Thursday by an unidentified gunman at the entrance of an upscale hotel in the Ukrainian capital. Voronenkov, 45, a former member of the communist faction in the lower house of Russian parliament, had moved to Ukraine last fall and had been granted Ukrainian citizenship. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Synytsia)

    In this photo taken on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Denis Voronenkov visits a movie theater in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian police said Voronenkov was shot dead Thursday by an unidentified gunman at the entrance of an upscale hotel in the Ukrainian capital. Voronenkov, 45, a former member of the communist faction in the lower house of Russian parliament, had moved to Ukraine last fall and had been granted Ukrainian citizenship. (AP Photo/Oleksandr Synytsia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Forensic experts and police officers examine the scene following the killing of Denis Voronenkov in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Ukrainian police said Voronenkov was shot dead Thursday by an unidentified gunman at the entrance of an upscale hotel in the Ukrainian capital. Voronenkov, 45, a former member of the communist faction in the lower house of Russian parliament, had moved to Ukraine last fall and had been granted Ukrainian citizenship. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Forensic experts and police officers examine the scene following the killing of Denis Voronenkov in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Ukrainian police said Voronenkov was shot dead Thursday by an unidentified gunman at the entrance of an upscale hotel in the Ukrainian capital. Voronenkov, 45, a former member of the communist faction in the lower house of Russian parliament, had moved to Ukraine last fall and had been granted Ukrainian citizenship. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Maria Maksakova is assisted from the place where her husband Denis Voronenkov was killed, in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an "act of state terrorism" by Russia, an accusation the Kremlin quickly rejected. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

    Maria Maksakova is assisted from the place where her husband Denis Voronenkov was killed, in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an "act of state terrorism" by Russia, an accusation the Kremlin quickly rejected. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)  (The Associated Press)

A senior Ukrainian official says the killer of Kremlin critic Denis Voronenko, who was gunned down in Kiev, was a Russian agent.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, identified the man who shot Voronenko on Thursday as 28-year old Pavel Parshov and said he had been trained in Russia by Russian security services.

"He underwent a special course at a school for saboteurs," Gerashchenko wrote Friday in a Facebook post.

Voronenko, a former Russian lawmaker who became a vociferous critic of Moscow following his recent move to Ukraine, was shot dead near the entrance of an upscale hotel in the center of the Ukrainian capital.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the murder was an "act of state terrorism," a charge angrily denied by Russian officials.