The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko gave the order to “physical destruction” of the heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic (DND) and Luhansk national Republic (LNR) Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. It is reported Donetsk news Agency with reference to the Ministry of state security (MGB) of the Republic.
“President [Petro] Poroshenko ordered the destruction of the leaders of DND and LNR”, — said in a statement.
MGB the self-proclaimed Republic opened a criminal case on the fact of assassination attempt on Zakharchenko. Proceedings were instituted under article 322 of the Criminal code DND (“the Encroachment on life state or the public figure”) and article 256 (“Illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or bearing of firearms, its basic parts, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices”).
Zakharchenko himself said that the attack on him was preparing the security service of Ukraine. The speaker of SBU Elena Gitlyanskaya in comments “Interfax-Ukraine” has denied the information on detention in Donetsk groups of employees of the SBU, which was allegedly preparing an assassination attempt on Zakharchenko.
“This information is untrue”, she said.
On the night of 29 April, the information appeared that the MGB detained a group of Ukrainian citizens, who arrived from the territory controlled by Kiev. The Agency claimed that these people had an explosive device disguised as a piece of furniture. According to the Ministry, the explosion was supposed to happen in shooting complex “Artemida” in Donetsk, when it was to visit Zakharchenko.