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Police kill far-right leader in western Ukraine

Published on Mar 25, 2014 5:49 PM

KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian police shot dead a far-right nationalist leader in the western city of Rivne in a shootout that erupted when they tried to arrest him, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Oleksandr Muzytshko, head of the Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) in the west of the crisis-hit country, opened fire on the police who shot back, deputy interior minister Volodymyr Evdokimov said, cited by Interfax news agency.

After the gunfight, which occurred at a cafe on Monday night, "he was still alive... but when an emergency services doctor arrived he was pronounced dead," Evdokimov said.

Muzytshko, also known as Sashko Bilyi, had been wanted for organised crime, he added.

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