In the center of occupied Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, a car carrying pro-Russian politician Oleg Popov, who escaped the assassination attempt with injuries, exploded. It was written by the Russian and Ukrainian media.
In the spring of 2014, Luhansk became one of the strongholds of pro-Russian separatists, Popov works there as a member of the parliament of the Luhansk People’s Republic. It was declared by the separatists and annexed by Russia last fall, like three other partially occupied Ukrainian regions. The vast majority of countries in the world do not recognize these annexations.
“A terrorist attack again. Terrorists blew up a car in the center of Luhansk. It happened at the stadium in the city center. According to preliminary data, MP Oleg Popov was injured in the explosion,” wrote Vladimir Rogov, whose statement was quoted by the media. The car caught fire after the explosion, firefighters intervened on the spot, added the Russian agency RIA Novosti.
Last month, one of the leaders of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Mikhail Filiponenko, was killed in an assassination attempt in occupied Luhansk. An explosive device exploded in his car and Filiponenko suffered fatal injuries, the LuhanskInformCentr portal reported, citing Filiponenko’s son. Ukrainian military intelligence claimed responsibility for the assassination, saying it was carried out together with the local resistance movement.