The blasted car of chief of the People’s Militia Office of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) colonel Oleg Anashchenko (Photo: RIA Novosti / Olesya Potapova)
Saturday morning, a car exploded in Luhansk city, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. As a result two people, including chief of the People’s Militia Office of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) colonel Oleg Anashchenko, were killed.
“Around 8 am [06:00 GMT], a bomb exploded in a street in the downtown area. Eyewitnesses said that the Toyota offroader was blown up,” a news agency’s source reported.
Later, it became known that there were two people in the car, the both of them were killed. One of them was chief of the LPR People’s Militia Office Oleg Anashchenko, he was an owner of the exploded car.
“The car of the chief of the LPR People’s Militia Office, Oleg Anashchenko, exploded… There were two people in the car, both are dead. According to the preliminary data, one of them is Anashchenko,” the police press service said.
The militia considers the incident, occurred in Luhansk, as a terrorist act. The Republic’s Defense Ministry believes that it was committed by Ukrainian secret services in order to destabilize the situation in the republic.
Over the past few days, the situation in Donbass has escalated, in particular clashes between fighters of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Ukrainian Army have intensified near Avdeyevka town in Donetsk region.
On Friday, a spokesperson for the DPR Ombudsman’s office said that more than 30 people have lost their lives and over 80 others, including 47 civilians, have been wounded in the republic as a result of violence this year.
In October of the last year, a prominent DPR commander colonel Arseniy Pavlov (call sign Motorola) was killed in a blast in an elevator. The Donetsk authorities accused Kiev of masterminding the murder.
In May of the last year, a car of LPR top military commander Alexei Mozgovoi ran into an ambush. Mozgovoi was assassinated by unknown gunmen.