19 Sep 2019 17:16

LPR authorities say Kyiv involved in Luhansk bridge bombing

LUHANSK. Sept 19 (Interfax) - The representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) to the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas, Olga Kobtseva, has said that Kyiv was involved in arranging the bombing of a bridge in Luhansk on Wednesday night.

"Of course, Ukraine is involved. All acts of sabotage staged in the territory of the LPR are organized by representatives from the territory of Ukraine, and, as our experience shows, all of them have been trained in a structure such as the Security Service of Ukraine with the help of foreign instructors," Kobtseva told reporters on Thursday, commenting on whether Kyiv could be involved in the bridge bombing.

The incident could be linked with the arrival in the LPR of the latest humanitarian aid convoy sent by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, she said.

"The route [of Russian humanitarian aid convoys] is always the same in our territory. This road connects two parts of Luhansk. We have warehouses where humanitarian cargo is unloaded and subsequently distributed among social institutions," Kobtseva said.

"The supports were blown up in a way that would simply cause this structure to collapse under the weight of moving trucks. Such actions on the part of Ukraine once again show that the current government and [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky are not willing to restore peace in Donbas," she said.