Monday 27 February 2017

Ukrainian separatist leader injured in car bombing

Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region, is said to be in a stable condition (AP)
Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region, is said to be in a stable condition (AP)

An unidentified explosive device went off near the car of Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's republic in Luhansk, early on Saturday morning.

The rebel-run Luhansk Information Centre quoted rebel official Sergei Kozlov as saying Mr Plotnitsky has been taken to hospital and is now in a stable condition.

Fighting between Russia-backed rebels and government forces has been raging since April 2014, leaving more than 9,500 people dead and displacing a million more.

Luhansk was heavily shelled in the summer of 2014, but the front line has since moved dozens of miles away, and the rebels are in full control of the city and its suburbs.

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