At least 4 Russian-established officers killed in one day: report

A Russian-established prosecutor and his deputy were killed in an office explosion on Friday, according to the leader of a Russian-backed separatist region in Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast.

If true, the deaths of the prosecutor general and deputy could mean that at least four Russian-established officers in Ukraine were killed on Friday alone. In the port city of Burdiansk in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya region, Russia-appointed deputy head of administration, Oleg Boyko, and his wife, Lyudmila Boyko, were killed overnight in their garage, Reuters reported, citing city administration. The couple reportedly headed a city commission, which was organizing a Referendum on joining Russia.

newsweek Was not able to independently verify reports on four deaths. Russia’s Foreign Ministry was contacted for comment on the damage.

There have been numerous instances of Russian-established officers being killed in Ukraine since the war began on 24 February. Earlier this month, Artem Bardin, the Russian-appointed “commandant” of Burdiansk, He died when his car was blown up, He was at least the third Russian-established officer to die in the bombings in a two-week period. The independent project WarTranslate, which translates material about the war in Ukraine into English, has compiled list Of the 19 pro-Russian politicians who were either killed or survived, examples that could have left them dead, such as explosionIn the occupied parts of the Eastern European country.

Russian officer killed in Luhansk: report
Above, smoke is seen during fighting in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine on June 24. A Russian-established prosecutor and his deputy were killed in an office explosion on Friday, according to the leader of a Russian-backed separatist region in Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast. ,
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The list was posted on August 31, so it may not reflect any additional deaths or near-deaths since then.

Leonid Pasechnik, the head of the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) in eastern Ukraine, announced the deaths of Russian-founded Prosecutor General Sergei Gorenko and Deputy Yekaterina Stegalenko in Telegram. Post on Friday. He wrote that the blast took place at the general prosecutor’s office for the separatist state, calling it a “terrorist act” and accusing Ukraine of being behind their deaths.

“Today’s incident once again confirms that Ukraine is a terrorist state under its current leadership,” he wrote. “Authorized law enforcement agencies searched persons involved in this crime. The situation in the republic is under control. We, the residents of the LPR, should not panic, because this is exactly what terrorists’ actions are aimed at.”

Adviser to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr ZelenskyMykhailo Podolyak noted the deaths Twitter On Friday, writing: “The elimination of the so-called ‘LNR Prosecutor General’ and his deputy should be treated as a demonstration of local organized criminal groups that could not share the looted property before the mass escape. Or witnesses to the war.” Crime as a correction of K RF. The investigation will reveal …”

In his tweet, “RF” was an explicit reference to the Russian Federation.

Ukraine was also alleged to have been involved in the other two deaths in Burdiansk on Friday. Yevgeny Balitsky, who heads the Russian-established administration in the occupied territories of the Zaporizhzhya region, said in a statement aimed at Ukraine that those responsible were “cowards with the blood of innocent people on your hands,” Reuters reported.

The country has not claimed responsibility for any of the deaths, according to The Moscow Times,

newsweek It contacted Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry for comment on the allegations involved.

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