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19 June 2018, 17:09

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LPR security officers defuse bomb planted by Kiev commandoes to kill UPT judges

LPR security officers defuse bomb planted by Kiev commandoes to kill UPT judges

LUGANSK, June 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic security officers defused an improvised explosive device planted by a team of Ukrainian commandoes to blast, in the Mikhailovka area, a bus carrying judges of the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime’s war crimes against Ukrainian citizens.

“In the course of counter-sabotage and counter-terrorism operations, LPR State Security Ministry officers found an IED disguised as a funeral wreath on the Lugansk-Alchevsk road in the Mikhailovka settlement area on June 19,” the Republic’s deputy minister of state security Alexander Basov said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

The bomb was made of a MON-50 anti-personnel mine with attached detonator of unidentified type and a mobile phone,” Basov said.

“According to the intelligence earlier received by the State Security Ministry, Ukrainian commandoes planned to blow up the bus with the UPT judges who have to arrive in Lugansk for the Tribunal session to announce the sentence to the war criminals. The criminal Kiev regime’s plans to foil the Tribunal’s session by a terrorist attack have been unavailing,” the deputy minister said.

Due to the fact that it was a live charge posing danger to people, the Ministry’s demining emgineers decided to destroy the bomb on the spot. Nobody was hurt in the operation. “The Ministry is now looking for the persons complicit in bomb planting,” he added.

The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime war crimes will announce the verdict on the incumbent Ukrainian president and his associates on Lugansk’s Teatralnaya Square at 9:00 on June 22.

On March 15, the Initiative Group of Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Lugansk announced the establishment of the People’s Tribunal for the crimes committed in Donbass by the Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko’s regime. The Tribunal operates in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and norms of international law. Presiding judge Elena Shishkina, judges Lyubov Batyashova and Tatyana Kravchenko, prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin, lawyer for the defence Elena Gridina and a panel of 12 jurors (six of them are Lugansk region natives) take part in UPT sessions.

The UPT reviewed the crimes committed by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, National Security and Defence Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov, Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, parliament speaker Andrey Parubiy and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other high-ranking officials.

The UPT began to investigate the Poroshenko regime crimes on March 20. The first hearing was held in Donetsk on March 26-27.On March 26 and 27, the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal brought charges against eight Poroshenko regime officials and reviewed the use of armed forces against civilians.

At the April 2 session which addressed the setting up of illegal paramilitary formations by the Kiev regime, the UPT heard the testimonies of eight victims and two witnesses. Six of the victims are Lugansk region residents, UPT judge Lyubov Batyashova said. On April 3, the Tribunal reviewed charges of tortures, lootings and robberies brought against the suspects. On April 17, it completed the two-day hearing of fourth batch of charges concerning war propaganda.  On April 25, the UPT reviewed the charges of Donbass blockade and on April 26 the charges of genocide. In the course of the May 21 session, UPT prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin demanded life imprisonment for the Ukrainian president and his associates for the crimes against Donbass people. On May 22, the Tribunal completed the two-day arguments and the judges began to prepare the verdict on the incumbent Ukrainian president and his abettors.

LuganskMediaCentre — 19 June — Lugansk