Ukraine’s SBU security service was behind the explosion that wounded Igor Kornet – the “acting interior minister” of the so-called “people's republic” in Russia-occupied Luhansk, a source in Ukrainian law enforcement told NV on May 15.
The incident occurred on May 15 at a barbershop in central Luhansk, and while the full details are unknown, Kornet was seriously injured in the explosion. The Kremlin-appointed leader of occupied Luhansk Oblast, Leonid Pasechnik, claims that seven people were injured, including three of Kornet’s guards.
Ukrainian officials are yet to comment on the matter.
Kornet, who was a former investigator for the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs before joining pro-Russian militants, was the head of the "LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs". Despite LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky attempting to dismiss Kornet from his position in November 2017, Kornet refused to step down. The following day, militants loyal to Kornet seized administrative buildings in the city. Plotnitsky resigned soon after and left for Moscow. BBC Russian Service has described Kornet as one of "the most influential security officials in the LPR."
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