Luhansk Republic leader Bolotov resigns due to injury

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2014/08/14 • War in the Donbas

Self-proclaimed leader of the Luhansk People’s Republic Valeri Bolotov has resigned from his post. The news follows a similar departure from the Donetsk Republic’s militant commander Igor Girkin.

Bolotov confirmed that he was leaving due to an injury, however, his resignation coincides with Luhansk’s encirclement by Ukrainian forces. According to AFP, Ukrainian forces “completely surrounded the rebel bastion of Luhansk by cutting the last road linking the city to the Russian border.”

Bolotov’s announcement

“I decided to temporarily leave the post of the head of the People’s Republic of Luhansk. The consequences of my injury do not allow me to continue work from this post for the benefit of Luhansk in a difficult war,” said Bolotov. “I am from Luhansk, this is my home, and I will continue to fight for our common ideals. I am sure that our struggle will be a success,” he said.

He recommended current ‘defense minister’ Igor Plotnitsky take his place.

Bolotov, a Russian native but raised in Luhansk, was a Ukrainian citizen before taking up arms in separatism. A former Soviet soldier, he worked as a manager at a meat factory before leading a group of terrorists to seize the Security Service building in Luhansk, raiding its armoury.

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  • Thomas Ferree

    Hmm . . . . Borodai, Strelkov, and now Bolotov — seems the rats are leaving the sinking ship (terrorist war in Donbas)

    • Donald Casavant

      I agree 100%! I hope that this give the same idea to all the rest of the Russian Terrorist. You better leave while there is a chance to leave. I do not think that the ATO force will be very benevolent to anyone that remains. I think that it shows that these people are just paid mercenaries, if they really believed in a cause they would fight to the end! The end of the paycheck, the end of their will to fight.

  • ພັກ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕລາວ

    Perhaps, Putin has conceded that he cannot afford to continue killing his own siblings (The Ukraine people) in the name of creating the Russia empire. There are 121 ethnic groups in Russia, many of them do not consider themselves Russians, but they have been dominated and suppressed by the Russian people. The Siberian people have called for the Federalization of Siberia region.

  • Kruton

    Run Bolshevik yellow belly coward to your boyfriend in Moscow!