Ukrainian media, citing sources in the country’s Security Service, reported on Tuesday that the head of the customs service of the self-proclaimed “LPR”, Yuri Afanasyevsky, was wounded in an explosion in the Lugansk region.
He was blown up in his own home. The pro-Russian official received multiple shrapnel wounds to the head, neck, and abdomen and is in intensive care in serious condition, writes RBC-Ukraine.
According to sources, the explosion was organized by SBU officers, but there is no official confirmation of the information.
The Russian state agency TASS later reported that Afanasyevsky was not seriously injured as a result of the assassination attempt, but his son was hospitalized and lost several fingers. “The 21-year-old son has a moderate condition…amputation of three fingers,” said the agency’s interlocutor in the “LPR operational services.”
Ukrainian media call Yuri Afanasyevsky an agent and major general of the FSB, the “financier” of the leader of the “LPR” Leonid Pasechnik. Afanasyevsky has been subject to personal sanctions from the EU, Great Britain, Canada, Switzerland, and Japan, RBC notes.
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