A SECOND treacherous Ukrainian has been assassinated in just 24 hours as he was blown up with a car bomb.
Footage showed the 51-year-old’s burning car after an explosion – and it came just hours after the killing of traitor MP Ilya Kyva.
Ukrainian special forces are reported to have been behind the killing as they continue to take out Vlad’s stooges.
Popov was an MP and senior official in the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic – which has since been declared part of Russia.
He was in an armed pro-Putin unit that seized a Ukrainian intelligence service base during the Russian-backed uprising in Luhansk in 2014.
He turned against Ukraine as the Russians annexed Crimea and Putin’s forces took control of the eastern regions.
Russia’s FSB secret service is investigating his death.
Ukraine’s SBU intelligence agency confirmed its role in his assassination, reported Ukrainian Prvada citing a source in the secret service.
Popov had previously dodged attempts on his life – but his traitor pal Yuri Yurov confirmed his death.
It comes after the body of traitor lawmaker Kyva, 46, who openly supported Kremlin, was found “covered in blood” at the Velich Country Club Hotel in the village of Suponevo in Moscow.
He was found with a gunshot wound to the head, with law enforcement sources confirming to BBC Ukraine that he was “liquidated by using small arms.”
Kyva – a regular on Putin TV propaganda shows – was wanted in his homeland for high treason in backing Putin’s invasion.
Ukraine’s military intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov appeared to openly claim his state was responsible for the killing.
“We can confirm that [Ilya] Kyva is the real deal,” he said.
“This is the fate that befalls the biggest traitors of Ukraine, as well as the henchmen of the Putin regime.
“He was one of the biggest and most disgusting scum, a traitor and collaborator.
“So here we can only state that justice….has different forms…
“Among others, characters like Kyva…unfortunately, there are still plenty in Russia.”
A former policeman and official, he led the Socialist party in the Ukrainian parliament from 2017-19.
In 2019 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Ukrainian presidency, but then turned to Russia.
He asked Putin for political asylum, and a Russian passport, having earlier unleashed his vitriol against Moscow.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said: “Regardless of the incident with Kyva, it is very important for everyone who actively cooperates with the Russian occupation administrations in one way or another to understand that their risks are extreme.
“Even if they are located on Russian territory.
“Of course, the activity and capabilities of the Ukrainian special services have grown enormously over the past two years.
“Risks for such people will be preserved or even multiplied.”