A former Russian lawmaker who became a vociferous critic of Moscow following his recent move to Ukraine was shot and killed Thursday in Kiev, prompting harsh words between the two neighboring countries.
Denis Voronenkov, who had testified to Ukrainian investigators and criticized Russian policies after his move to Kiev last fall, was shot dead by an unidentified gunman near the entrance of an upscale hotel in the Ukrainian capital.
Voronenkov’s bodyguard, a Ukrainian security services officer charged with protecting him, fired back during the attack and was himself seriously wounded.
Ukrainian officials said the gunman, who they claimed was a Ukrainian citizen, later died from wounds in his chest and head. They did not identify the gunman.
Talk about a long reach, Vlad the Embalmer can outreach with the best. His reach may extend to our own shores.
Continuing from the video:
George Stephanopoulos: What exactly is your relationship with Vladimir Putin?
Trump: I have no relationship with Putin.
Stephanopoulos: But if you have no relationship with Putin, then why did you say in 2013 “I do have a relationship,” In 2014…
Trump: He has said nice things about me over the years…
Stephanopoulos: But you said for three years, 13, 14, 15, that you did have a relationship.
Trump: What do you call a relationship?
Don. Don! People are not saying you slept with the guy. But what do you call a relationship? Another video clip elaborates:
Interviewer: Do you have a relationship with Vladimir Putin, a conversational relationship, anything that you feel that you have sway…?
Trump: I do have a relationship.
Yes, Donald, that’s what we mean when we say you have a relationship with Vlad the Embalmer. It’s when you say in a news interview that you have a relationship, that’s when you have a relationship. Otherwise you would be a liar, and nobody wants to call you a liar. Yet.
So, Mr. President, before you consider breaking off this love fest, or whatever you have going on, with Uncle Bye Bye, think about that long reach.