Incident Summary:

12/01/2019: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Viacheslav Soboliev, a Regional City Council deputy, at the intersection of Tarasivska Street and Lva Tostoho Street in Kiev, Ukraine. One child was killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of the Right Sector.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the intersection of Tarasivska Street and Lva Tostoho Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Ukraine
Specific Description Vehicle of Regional City Council Deputy: Viacheslav Soboliev
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The victims included his son, Oleksandr. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected the attack may have been the result of a business or family dispute.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Right Sector (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Boy, 3, killed during murder attempt on father in Kiev," The Daily Telegraph (London), December 3, 2019.
"Toddler son of Ukrainian politician Vyacheslav Sobolev killed in Kyiv assassination attempt," Telegraph, December 2, 2019.
"3-year old son of Ukrainian lawmaker from insurgency hit pro-Russian region of Donetsk shot dead," IBTimes Singapore, December 2, 2019.