"LPR" leader Plotnitsky reportedly flees to Russia – media

13:02, 23 November 2017
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A motorcade with self-proclaimed leader of the terrorist group "Luhansk People's Republic" ("LPR") Igor Plotnitsky, head of his "administration" Irina Teizman, head of the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company of the "LPR" Anastasia Shurkaeva and some other individuals have left the occupied city of Luhansk reportedly heading for Russia, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

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The "government" buildings are still cordoned off by armed men, among whom there is allegedly personnel of the "Interior Ministry" of the "LPR" and the "Ministry of State Security" of the neighboring "Donetsk People's Republic," Novaya Gazeta said.

As UNIAN reported, Plotnitsky on November 20 dismissed his "interior minister" Igor Kornet, who, in turn, refused to obey the order.

Read alsoZakharchenko asked to unite DPR, LPR into "Novorossiya", take leadOn November 21, an armored personnel carrier and a group of armed men without insignia took positions outside the headquarters of the former Ministry of Internal Affairs in the center of the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine said on November 21 its monitors had spotted a military column entering the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk, which was previously reported by social media users.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on November 21 convened an emergency meeting of the Military Office of the National Security and Defense Council in connection with the latest developments in the militant stronghold of Luhansk.

"In connection with the build-up of the Russian military, as well as more active moves by mercenaries, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are ready for any developments to ensure the safety of civilians," the president stressed.

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