National police  said Vitaliy Shyshov’s body was found near his place of residence. The police started a criminal case under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (premeditated murder).

‘We will check all versions, including the version of the murder disguised as suicide’, the police statement says.

The news came soon after  the Telegram channel of the Belarusian House in Ukraine reported Shyvsov had been reported missing.

‘It is impossible to contact Shyshov now. He is no longer in touch. We are searching the area where he usually goes jogging, but have not found any traces of Vitaliy yet.’

The Belarusian House in Ukraine is a non-profit public organization that provides assistance to Belarusian citizens who have fled to Ukraine.

According to the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe, this organization is connected with Serhiy Korotkykh, a native of Belarus, who was a member of ‘Azov’ battalion in Donbas and received Ukrainian citizenship.