"This is a signal for you." Dolgopolov said what Kyva's death means
Former Ukrainian tennis player Oleksandr Dolgopolov, who joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces from the first days of Russia's full-scale invasion, commenting on the death of Illia Kyva, warned that this will happen to all traitors. On December 6, the former MP was found dead in the Moscow region.
"The traitor and enemy of Ukraine, one of the ideological figures of Z, who fled to Russia, broadcasting hatred and justifying the invasion, died unexpectedly. All Ukrainian enemies, this is a signal to you. Think twice about what you are broadcasting on this small planet," Dolgopolov wrote on social network X (formerly Twitter).
Kyva was born in Poltava on June 2, 1977. He was a member of the Parliament of the IX convocation. According to media reports, he left the territory of Ukraine on January 30, 2022. He first went to Spain, and from there to the Russian capital Moscow.
After the start of the full-scale invasion, the pro-Russian politician openly sided with the Kremlin, saying that "the Ukrainian people need liberation." He took part in propaganda broadcasts, broadcast Russian narratives, and even appealed to dictator Vladimir Putin to eliminate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
By the decision of 335 parliamentarians, he was deprived of his parliamentary mandate. The traitor's name was also added to the NSDC sanctions list.
In April 2022, Kyva called on Russia to launch a nuclear strike against Ukraine.
In 2023, the Lychakivskyi District Court of Lviv found Illia Kyva guilty of public calls for the overthrow of the constitutional order and the seizure of state power, high treason, the use of symbols of the communist totalitarian regime, and public calls for aggressive war. The Russian aide was sentenced in absentia to 14 years in prison with confiscation of property.