News from Ukraine: Militant leader seriously injured as his car explodes in Luhansk (updates)

11:44 Aug. 6, 2016

Militant leader seriously injured as his car explodes in Luhansk (updates)

The leader of the self proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, Igor Plotnitsky (Getty Images)

Igor Plotnitsky's car was blown up 

07 August

UPDATE: Luhansk militant leader Igor Plotnitsky has reportedly been released from hospital after assassination attempt, Russian Interfax news agency said on Sunday referring to its own sources in the so-called Luhansk People's Republic.

The source also said Plotnitsky would be able to get back to work in the coming days, "most likely even on Monday."

UPDATE: Former head of the Department for Countering Drug-Related Crime of the National Police of Ukraine Ilya Kiva, who is serving with the National Guard, has provided some details about the assassination attempt on leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky, UNIAN reports.

According to doctors at the hospital where Plotnitsky was taken for medical care, the LPR leader is listed in serious condition, Kiva wrote on Facebook. "After the explosion, Plotnitsky's SUV was loaded onto a tow truck and taken to the hospital, from where Plotnitsky was transferred, which implies that the wounds had been very serious and no one dared to pull him from the exploded car at the scene," Kiva wrote.

Further, added Kiva, one of Plotnitsky's guards, who was also in the car at the time of the explosion, was killed, and two were wounded.

At the same time, the leadership of the so-called LPR claims that Plotnitsky is not in danger after his car exploded.

A video allegedly from the scene of the explosion has emerged on the internet. It can be seen that the car, although severely damaged, was not set on fire after the bomb was detonated.


UPDATE: Ukrainian intelligence officers say the injuries, militant leader Igor Plotnitsky received after his car was blown up, are incompatible with his life.

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Vadym Skibitsky, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate at Ukraine's Defence Ministry, said that in his online interview with Hromadske TV.

"According to Ukrainian intelligence data, it was really an attempt to assassinate Plotnitsky. As a result, he was seriously injured. It is difficult to say what provoked the attack. He is in serious condition, he received injuries which are not compatible with life ", said Skibitsky.

According to him, the Ukrainian intelligence department has information that "now there is an ongoing struggle for power and financial flows among militants in eastern Ukraine." 

UPDATECommenting on the situation, Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, a spokesman for Ukraine's presidential administration, said that "the Ukrainian party has nothing to do with it. This move is pointless, devoid of any logic. It does not make any sense. It does not solve any problem. Above all, it is not the first attempt (to assassinate militant leaders). Internal conflicts and re-distribution of power are most likely to stay behind this". He said that during a briefing in Kyiv, on August 6. 

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UPDATE: Doctors say that Igor Plotnitsky's injuries are not life-threatening, according to Luhansk media. As eyewitnesses reported, an improvised explosive device was mounted on a column Plotnitsky was driving by.  


STORY: Militant leader Igor Plotnitsky was seriously wounded after his car was blown up in the militant-held city of Luhansk (eastern Ukraine), on Saturday, August 5.

This was reported by some Luhansk websites referring to the headquarters of the so-called 'people's militia' (of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic).

"The blast hit Luhansk today, as the car of Igor Plotnitsky (leader of the Luhansk People's Republic) exploded", the militant headquarters report.

Social media report that the explosion occurred early in the morning, at 7:53. 

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Some sites also say two people were injured, and Plotnitsky himself is in serious condition.

Ex-deputy Oleg Tsarov, who is on Ukraine's wanted list, also reported that Plotnitsky is in serious condition and taken to the hospital. 


The explosion reportedly injured several people, and damaged facades of adjacent buildings. Police officers arrived at a crime scene. Investigation is under way.


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