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Published in Stream:
Day 927: September 1, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Monument To Separatist Fighters Damaged By Blast In Lugansk
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The Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's Lugansk region - the self-declared Lugansk People's Republic (LNR) - have complained to the Minsk Contact Group of what they claim to be a "terrorist attack" in the regional capital after a monument to separatist "militiamen" was damaged by a blast.

The monument, in the socialist realist style, was unveiled by the leader of the LNR, Igor Plotnitsky, on May 12 this year.

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This morning the official internet portal for the LNR authorities, the Russian state-owned RIA Novosti news agency reported that at around 3:00 this morning, an explosive device had gone off at the base of the monument, causing minor damage to the feet of a Cossack fighter's effigy.

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In spite of the relatively insignificant damage caused and the absence of casualties, the Lugansk separatists have reacted with outrage.

Andrei Marochko, official spokesman for the LNR "People's Police," condemned the blast as an "extremely blasphemous" act of "terrorism."

Vladislav Deynego, the LNR's representative at the Minsk peace talks, announced that the trilateral Contact Group and the OSCE had been informed of the incident.

Meanwhile, there were also unconfirmed reports of another act of symbolic resistance in the other self-declared "republic" in Donetsk, at the Cosmos Circus building in the city center.

The Twitter account @relictDon, who posts regular reports from the city and whom we consider reliable, tweeted:

Translation: On the facade of the Cosmos Circus it says GLORY TO UKRAINE!

Translation: Clearly visible to passing traffic on Leninsky Prospekt.

Another Twitter user claimed to have seen the same: 


Translation: YEEEEEESSSSS !!!!!!! I Saw it! :))) Just let them write it next time in THICK BLACK PAINT SO IT CAN BE BETTER SEEN! :)))

But neither witness managed to photograph the slogan, reporting a few hours later that it had been covered up:

Translation: They've covered it up.

-- Pierre Vaux