Police said they were treating the explosion as a terrorist attack.
A colonel in Ukraine's armed forces has been killed in a vehicle bombing in Kyiv that authorities are investigating as a "terrorist attack".
Ukraine's National Police have confirmed that the driver killed when the Mercedes auto exploded was Maxim Shapoval, the Ukrayinska Pravda paper said.
It gave no further details.
The Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper said earlier on Tuesday, citing its own sources, that the head of one of the Chief Intelligence Directorate's special operations departments had been killed in an explosion in Kyiv.
Since fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, the number of incidents involving explosives outside the conflict zone has increased, but auto bombs are relatively rare, Reuters indicated. The victim's wife shot the attacker.
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Ukraine has been wracked by conflict since March 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea after an internationally contested referendum.
Ukrainian Interior Ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko told the BBC the crime scene suggests "it was a planned terrorist act".
Past year high-profile independent journalist Pavel Sheremet was also killed in a vehicle bombing in central Kiev.
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The Kremlin has denied any involvement in any of the attacks. The separatists have blamed the killings on Kyiv, which denies involvement.