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Former Duma Deputy Denis Voronenkov was killed by a lone gunman on a central street in the Ukrainian capital on March 23.

Summary

Final News Summary For March 23, 2017

-- A former Russian lawmaker who defected to Ukraine and aired damning criticism of Russia's leadership has been gunned down in broad daylight in the heart of Kyiv in what Ukraine's president called "an act of state terrorism by Russia."

-- A munitions depot near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv caught fire and was rocked by a series of explosions in a huge conflagration that the authorities have blamed on "sabotage," prompting the evacuation of thousands of people living nearby.

-- The Kremlin has called for a review of what it said was Ukraine's "unfair" decision to bar Russia's contestant in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest from entering the country.

* NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv (GMT/UTC +2)

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That concludes our live-blogging of the Ukraine crisis for Thursday, March 23, 2017. Check back here tomorrow for more of our continuing coverage. Thanks for reading and take care.

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Thousands Evacuated As Arms Dump Blows In Ukraine

Some 20,000 people were evacuated after explosions and a fire at an arms depot in Balaklia, near Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine.

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Here is today's map of the security situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the National Security and Defense Council:

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The latest on the killing of former Duma Deputy Denis Voronenkov in downtown Kyiv:​

Brazen Killing In Kyiv Leaves Exiled Kremlin Critic Dead

By Christopher Miller

KYIV -- A former Russian lawmaker who defected to Ukraine and aired damning criticism of Russia's leadership has been gunned down in broad daylight in the heart of Kyiv in what Ukraine's president called "an act of state terrorism by Russia."

A city police spokesman told RFE/RL that ex-Duma Deputy Denis Voronenkov was killed by a gunman as he and his bodyguard were approaching the five-star Premier Palace Hotel on March 23.

An Interior Ministry spokesman at the scene, Artem Shevchenko, said the attacker fired at least eight shots at the 45-year-old Voronenkov with an "old Soviet pistol." He said the incident was caught on security cameras.

The attacker was shot in the ensuing gunbattle with Voronenkov's lone bodyguard and apprehended by police on the street nearby. He later died in hospital, officials said, but there was initially no word on his identity.

The Interior Ministry spokesman said the bodyguard, who was wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the assailant, was provided by Ukrainian authorities in the past month because there was "reason to fear" that Voronenkov's life might be in danger.

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