A Russian-imposed minister was injured in an explosion in Luhansk

A building damaged by the explosion in Luhansk (Reuters) (STRINGER /)

The interim Minister of the Interior of the region of luhanskannexed by Russia last September, Igor Kornetwas injured this Monday as a result of a explosion in the center of the provincial capitalaccording to the Russian agency TASS.

According to this local media, which cited police sources, Igor Kornet’s condition is “serious”.

It was an attack. He is in intensive care”, added the agency.

TASS previously indicated, according to security agency sources, that a man had died, information that the authorities have not confirmed so far.

The interim governor of Luhansk imposed by Russia, Leonid Pásechnik, pointed out on his Telegram channel that at least seven people were injured in the explosion.

Igor Kornet, Interior Minister of the Russian occupation in Luhansk (Reuters)
Igor Kornet, Interior Minister of the Russian occupation in Luhansk (Reuters) (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO /)

From them four are in serious conditionincluding the minister and a 17-year-old teenager.

Medics fight for the lives of the wounded“, wrote.

Previously, Pásechnik said that in the center of Luhansk, at rush hour, an explosion took place, which he attributed to a bomb, which left several injured.

The Investigation Committee of Russia, dependent on the Kremlin, indicated in a statement that an explosive device exploded around 1:50 p.m. local time (10:50 GMT) in a beauty salon – a barbershop, according to the RIA Novosti agency – on Demekhina street in the city of Luhansk.

Staff attend to one of the injured in Luhansk (Reuters)
Staff attend to one of the injured in Luhansk (Reuters) (STRINGER /)

The state investigative agency opened a criminal case for attempted murder and illegal acquisition of explosives, among other charges.

Kornet has been the interior minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic since August 2014.

In November 2017, Igor Plotnitski, then head of the separatist province, decided to dismiss Kornet from his post, but he refused, the independent media recalled today. jellyfish. The next day, armed individuals loyal to Kornet appeared on the streets of Luhansk and seized control of the administrative buildings. Plotnitsky left for Moscow and resigned as head of the self-proclaimed republic.

This Monday morning there was another Ukrainian attack on the pro-Russian regionaccording to authorities imposed by Russia.

The Luhansk office of the “Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Ukrainian War Crimes Issues” said Ukrainian forces launched an attack with two Franco-British-made Storm Shadow missiles.

(With information from EFE)

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