Sergey Belous, who covers events in the occupied areas of Donbas, has said a man resembling former leader of the self-proclaimed "Luhansk People's Republic" ("LPR") Igor Plotnitsky was spotted in a Moscow restaurant on September 3.
"A friend has recently spotted in Moscow a man looking like a signatory to the Minsk agreements – Plotnitsky. She made photos furtively. September 3, ToDaSe restaurant on Smolenskaya Street," he wrote on Telegram under the relevant photo.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on November 21, a conflict escalated in Luhansk between the leaders of the "LPR" militants, Igor Plotnitsky and Igor Kornet, while other groups of militants controlled by the neighboring "DPR" leader Alexander Zakharchenko, and forces of the Russian FSB security services also joined the feud.
On November 23, Zoryan Shkiryak, the advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, informed that Plotnitsky had fled Luhansk for Russia, while 1,000-strong regular units of the Russian Army entered the city, including special forces of the GRU [military intel] and special forces of the Russian interior ministry, along with heavy military equipment: tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery units.
Later, Alexander Chalenko, a journalist cooperating with Russian propaganda media, said that Plotnitsky had left for the Russian city of Voronezh, where he is allegedly doing business.