Pro-Russian official killed in explosion in Lugansk

The head of the prosecutor’s office of the separatist government in Lugansk province and his deputy were killed in a bomb attack on their office.

“Today’s terrorist act resulted in the death of the head of the public prosecutor’s agency Sergei Gorenko and his deputy Yekaterina Steglenko,” said Leonid Pasechnik, head of the government of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR).

LPR officials said the two officials were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded at their office in the city center of Lugansk. Local security forces have cordoned off the scene and are searching for the bomber.

Head of the LPR prosecutor's office Sergei Gorenko.  Photo: Nexta.

Head of the LPR prosecutor’s office Sergei Gorenko. Image: Nexta.

LPR leader Pasechnik accused Ukraine of being behind the bombing. Kiev has not commented on this information. The bombing occurred a day after Mr. Pasechnik commented that the situation in Lugansk province was tense.

Russian forces and the separatists took full control of the Lugansk province in early July, more than four months after the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine. However, Ukraine recently launched a counter-offensive operation and recaptured a large area in Kharkov province, and announced that it was trying to attack Lugansk province.

Several officials appointed by Russian forces in Ukrainian localities they control were killed or wounded in recent attacks. Artem Bardin, commander of the military service in Berdyansk, was killed on September 6 in a car bomb attack near the local government office.

Yekaterina Steglenko, deputy head of the LPR prosecutor's office.  Photo: Nexta.

Yekaterina Steglenko, deputy head of the LPR prosecutor’s office. Image: Nexta.

Nguyen Tien (Theo RIA Novosti, Reuters)

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