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4 July 2017, 12:46

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Saboteur who sought to blast OSCE car could be involved in Prishib terrorist attack - MGB

One of the Ukrainian saboteurs who plotted a terrorist attack against the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives could be involved in the blasting of the international observer’s cars in Prishib village area in April, LPR State Security Ministry (MGB) head Leonid Pasechnik said on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pasechnik said MGB officers had defused a mine planted along the route of SMM patrols by Ukrainian saboteurs operating in Lugansk.

The minister said MGB investigators found a car with Ukrainian Vinnitsa Region license plates in a wooded area in Lugansk’s Kamennobrodskiy district on 30 June.

“A search of the car found pieces of Ukrainian insignia and a dashcam that had been put out of order. “MGB specialists managed to restore the data. The dashcam information shows preparations to assassinate OSCE monitoring mission representatives,” Pasechnik said.

“Supposedly, one of the Ukrainian operatives who appears in the dashcam video is involved in the blasting of the observers’ car in Prishib village in LPR’s Slavyanoserbskiy district on 23 April 2017,” he said.

“I wish to remind that MGB opened criminal investigation into the blasting of the OSCE car and that an investigation is underway. MGB repeatedly requested the OSCE monitoring mission to provide information which was relevant for preliminary investigation and summoned witnesses to give evidence. However, no response to MGB enquiries has been given up to date which hampers progress in investigation,” the minister added.

“I again urge the international representatives working in the Republic to coordinate the routes of their movement with LPR law-enforcement bodies for their own safety.  The latest events show that Ukrainian secret services are ready for any provocations aimed at destabilizing the situation in the republic and discrediting law-enforcement and government bodies with the view of securing the deployment of OSCE armed monitoring mission,” Pasechnik said.

 An OSCE Special Monitoring Mission car en route from Slavyanoserbsk to Sokolniki hit an anti-tank mine in the vicinity of LPR’s Prishib village killing one monitor and wounding another two on 23 April. LPR People’s Militia and Security Ministry said that they had repeatedly recorded activities of Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance squads in Prishib area. LPR Prosecutor general’s Office said Ukrainian army 8th special operations regiment servicemen were suspected of involvement in the OSCE car explosion.

LuganskMediaCentre — 04 July — Lugansk