An explosion in an office bomb killed senior separatist prosecutors in Luhansk News about the Russian-Ukrainian war

The leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic accused Ukraine of killing the local prosecutor general and his deputy.

The chief prosecutor of Russia-backed self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine and his deputy were killed when a bomb exploded in their offices, the head of the separatist administration said.

“As a result of a terrorist act, LPR Prosecutor General Sergei Gorenko and his deputy Ekaterina Steglenko were killed,” Leonid Pasechnik said in a statement posted on the Telegram messaging app on Friday.

Pasechnik blamed Ukraine for the attack, which he said “showed that the Kyiv regime has crossed all possible limits.”

There was no immediate comment from the Ukrainian government.

Russian news agencies earlier reported a bomb blast at the prosecutor general’s offices, citing local authorities and emergency services.

(Al Jazeera)

On Thursday, Pasechnik described a “tense situation” for Russia and its proxies in eastern Ukraine, part of the territory Russia wrested from Kyiv’s control after its neighbor invaded nearly seven months ago.

In early June, Russian and Russian-backed forces seized control of all of Luhansk province in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region earlier in the campaign, but Kyiv’s recent blitzkrieg counteroffensive has pushed fighting closer to the LPR’s separatist-claimed borders.

Ukraine claims to have seized about 8,000 square kilometers (3,090 square miles) of territory this month, dealing a huge blow to the Russian military and its morale.

After Friday’s blast, Pasechnik again urged those living in the LPR, which Russia recognizes as an independent state, to remain calm and said authorities had the situation “under control.”

On Thursday, he acknowledged that Ukrainian forces had achieved “some success” in their campaign and continued to mount attacks against Russian forces along the entire frontline of the conflict.

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