Contents tagged with Plotnitsky

  • Separatist leaders attend 'Donbas integration ceremony' in the Crimea

    In the annexed Crimea, a presentation regarding “the integration of the Donbas into the Russian Federation” was given at the first conference of the Russia-Donbas Integration Committee which was held on March 17th at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, as reported by Radio Liberty.

    The first meeting of the Committee was attended by Igor Carpenter and Alexander Zakharchenko, the leaders of the LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) and DPR (Donetsk People's Republic), respectively. They arrived in the Crimea …

  • Media: Deputy Head of 'People’s Militia' was killed during interrogation in the LPR

    Vitaliy Kiselev, former deputy head of the Luhansk People’s Militia, known by his call sign “the Communist”, one of the accused for the attempted coup in the so-called “republic”, was killed during interrogation, Gazeta.ru reports.

    The general public remembers Kiselev because of the old cap with a star which soviet officers wore during the Great Patriotic War. He was seen frequently in front of cameras with this headgear.

    The local prosecutor accused Kiselev and a number of other persons in …

  • Separatist leaders threaten Ukraine with the nationalization of companies because of the trade blockade

    On the 27th of February, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, leaders of the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions not controlled by Ukraine, sent an ultimatum to Kyiv. If on the Ukrainian side the blockade of the Donbas [which was started by war veterans in Eastern Ukraine with the goal of freeing Ukrainian prisoners and putting an end to trade with the separatists] continues, the separatist leaders will take control of the companies under Ukrainian jurisdiction which are in …

  • Another assassination of high-ranking separatist official raises questions over who was behind it

    The motives and reasons for the assassination of the head the so-called People’s militia of Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Oleg Anashchenko, are still unknown. The separatist accused the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) of executing the killing. Ukrainian officials believe that the assassination was conducted by the Russian secret services or was just a result of an internal feud.

    According to the head of the Ukrainian social movement Prava Sprava, Dmytro Snegiryov, Anashchenko was …

  • Plotnitsky is facing a possible sentence of life imprisonment for downing of Ukrainian Il-76 aircraft

    The Prosecutor’s Office of the Dnipropetrovsk region reported that the indictment in the case of the downed IL-76 against the two Commanders of the LPR battalions, Andrei Patrushev and Alexander Gureev, and the Head of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, was sent to the court.

    “The Head of the LPR terrorist organization, who was the Commander of the illegal armed group Zarya at the time the crime was committed, together with Patrushev (his then Deputy) and the Commander of the …

  • The DPR and LPR decided to hand over two prisoners to Savchenko

    The leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, decided to hand over two captive Ukrainians to the People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko, according to a statement published on one of the separatists' websites.

    “On New Year’s and Christmas Eve, we handed over two women, Angelica Presnyakova and Olga Svorak, to the representative of the Ukrainian people, Nadiya Savchenko, without any conditions as a gesture of …

  • Savchenko spoke of her meeting with Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky

    The Deputy of Verkhovna Rada, Nadiya Savchenko, said that she met with the leadership of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republic (LPR and DPR), Igor Plotnitsky and Alexander Zakharchenko, and "the Russian side" was also present. On Monday, December 12, she said this in her speech at the Sofia Square in Kyiv, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.

    "Yes, there was a meeting in trilateral Minsk format where 'the Russian side', Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky were present. The meeting aimed …

  • Russia has openly accused separatist leader Igor Plotnitsky of corruption and theft

    Popular Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda has openly accused the head of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky, and his clique of systematic corruption in the article ‘Operation Pilyulkiny’.

    “It isn’t a secret that corruption scandals regarding the inner circle of Igor Plotnitsky are upsetting the rest of the LPR. Almost each sector representing an economic interest is managed by someone known to Plotnitsky. As a result, there is now a shadow economy, higher …

  • Kyiv raises question of abolishing 'quasi-state structures' in the Donbas

    During a Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk, the aim of which was to find a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas, Ukraine raised the question about the possibility of abolition of the “quasi-state structures” of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO). This was said by Daria Olifer, who is the press secretary of the Group’s Ukrainian representative, Leonid Kuchma.

    “It is impossible to hold elections on a territory that is not controlled by the Ukrainian …

  • Kyiv begins trying Plotnitskiy in absentia

    The trial of the head of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitskiy, have begun in Kyiv. Plotnitskiy has refused to appear before the Podilsky district court, and is therefore being tried in absentia.

    According to prosecutor Yevhen Dudka, the trial will last about six months.

    "The questioning of 17 witnesses and victims, as well as an examination of evidence, are scheduled already. Only after their completion will the court make a decision. Witnesses have already been …