In fact, the killing of Col. Maskym Shapoval wasn’t even the only car bomb attack — nor the only assassination the Ukrainian government has blamed on Russia.
At least five attempted or successful assassinations have targeted Ukrainian officials or other prominent figures in Ukraine in the past year.
The country is struggling with political turmoil, corruption, and against Russia-backed separatists in two eastern regions. But it’s now also facing outbursts of the sort of brazen violence more typical of the tumultuous 1990s, when power struggles would often play out on the streets of Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Times have changed and, for the most part, internal politics appeared to no longer be settled that way. But following recent attacks, Ukrainian officials and analysts are looking beyond their borders — largely at Russia — for the source of the violence they say aims to cause chaos in their country.
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