28 December 2018, 14:25



Russian volunteer Valeriy Ivanov posthumously awarded LPR Order of Valor

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LUGANSK, December 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Russian volunteer Valeriy Ivanov who fought for the LPR and was murdered in Ukrainian prison has been posthumously awarded the LPR 1st Degree Order of Valor by the LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik.

"For personal courage and braveness revealed on duty and while carrying out special combat tasks, fidelity to the Republic, achievements in the LPR development and I hereby order to award LPR's private Ivanov Valeriy Alexandrovich the 1st Degree Order of Valor, posthumously," Pasechnik's decree reads.

LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva reported the murder of Ivanov on December 18. She said he was beaten to death by the guards of the Drohobych penitentiary institution No. 40 in the Lvov region he was put in by Ukrainian authorities.

Russian Foreign Ministry later said that autopsy revealed he incurred serious injuries such as four broken ribs and closed brain injury, which "gives grounds to suspect a premediated murder of a Russian citizen." Ukraine said Ivanov's death was accidental.

Ivanov was a volunteer fighting in the LPR against Kiev's aggressors. He was included to the exchange lists back in winter 2017, but excluded by Ukrainian authorities at the last moment. His name later reappeared on the exchange list, though he was dead by that time.

On December 19 LPR demanded during the meeting of the humanitarian group in Minsk that Ivanov's body should be handed over to the Republic. Kiev refused to do so, and the LPR agreed that the volunteer should be expatriated to Russia where his family lives.

The funeral is expected to take place in Severodvinsk, a city in the north of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, on December 29 at 12 p.m. LPR delegation including Kobtseva, acting Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego and representatives of the LPR People's Militia has already left Lugansk for Severodvinsk.

LuganskMediaCentre — 28 December — Lugansk