The Ukrainian wife of a Chechen man accused by Russian Federation of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin was shot dead outside Kiev on Monday in an attack that also wounded her husband, Ukrainian interior ministry officials said. The couple's auto was peppered with bullets in an ambush.
Amina Okuyeva and Adam Osmayev were in a auto that was shot at from bushes near a railway crossing on the outskirts of the capital, interior ministry advisors Anton Gerashchenko and Zoryan Shkiryak said in separate posts on Facebook. "Adam Osmaev was wounded but will live", he wrote.
Interior Ministry spokesman Yaroslav Trakalo said police would open an investigation into a "premeditated murder".
The Chechen native was arrested in Odessa in 2012 in a joint operation by Russian and Ukrainian security forces, accused of making explosive devices along with his accomplices which they planned to use in an alleged plot to assassinate President Putin.
He was held for two and a half years in a Ukrainian prison but, despite demands from Russian prosecutors, was never extradited to Russia. Gerashchenko said that Osmayev's wife, Amina Okuyeva, was shot and killed.
Monday's shooting follows a bombing in Kyiv last Thursday that killed two people and wounded three, including nationalist Ukrainian lawmaker Ihor Mosiychuk. Okuyeva had links to Mosiychuk, having once worked for him in an advisory role. Russian Federation has denied any role in the attack.
Russian Federation later asked Ukraine to hand over Mr Osmayev - but the authorities in Kiev refused to do so, saying they wanted to wait until the European Court of Human Rights considered his appeal against extradition.