“LNR” separatist field commander killed in car explosion: three versions why

The car of Anashchenko was destroyed in an explosion in the center of Luhansk. Photo: RIA Novosti 

War in the Donbas

Article by: Oleksandr Nykonorov
A series of mysterious deaths and murders of the leaders of the political and military branches of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” has taken place in the last year. We can expect this trend to continue, as the Russian commanders of the so-called “separatists” will continue to eliminate the leadership of the Russian-backed enclaves. The first leaders of the “republics” that rose to power in the spring-summer of 2014, the most odious field commanders and participants of large-scale smuggling and corruption schemes are in the first zone of risk, writes military analyst Dmytro Sniehyriov.

The elimination of Oleg Anashchenko

At 7:50 of 4 February 2017, a car explosion in the center of Luhansk took the life of Oleg Anashchenko, “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LNR”) field commander and head of the “Administration of the people’s police.” Information about this was spread by the internet portal of the Luhansk separatists “LITs” referring to the press service of the “people’s police,” and the event was called a terrorist act.

Oleg Anashchenko was born in 1968, graduated from the Higher Military Command-Engineering School of Missile Forces in Russian Rostov in 1991, worked in the missile forces, after which made a career in managing the coal industry and became a deputy and member of the Party of Regions, the political party of disgraced Ukrainian president Yanukovych.  He took the separatists’ side in 2014, and held the position of “head of the anti-aircraft defense of the LNR” and in August 2015 was appointed Head of the training center of the “LNR people’s militia” and rose to the position of “Head of staff of LNR people’s militia.”

Oleg Anashchenko. Photo: miastok.su

The police forces of the Luhansk separatists have been quick to blame the Ukrainian special services for the death. The so-called “LNR Prosecutor’s office” have opened a “criminal case” which is now being considered by the “Ministry of state security of the LNR.”

A participant in the preparation of a “coup”

According to military analyst Dmytro Sniehyriov, Oleg Anaschenko as a figurant of the case of the so-called coup against the “LNR Head” was assassinated on the order of Igor Plotnitsky himself.

Read more: Alleged “military coup” followed by purge of “LNR” chieftains

In late September 2016, the self-proclaimed “Deputy chief of people’s militia of the LNR” Vitaliy Kyseliov and “ex-Prime minister” Gennadiy Tsypkalov were arrested in occupied Luhansk under accusations of attempting to carry out a coup. On 24 September, they were to be interrogated together, but the day before Tsypkalov was reported to have committed suicide in his cell. According to the version of the “Prosecutor General’s Office of the LNR,” Kyseliov organized the financial support for the rebels and corrdinated their weapons supply. During the interrogation, Kyseliov testified that a number of “LNR” officials were participants of the “coup”: the ex-speaker of the “parliament” Oleksiy Kariakyn, ex-Prime Minister Gennadiy Tsypkalov, field commander Oleksandr Kostin, “agriculture minister” Serhiy Lytvyn, head of the “Administration of the people’s police” Oleg Anashchenko, and “Head of the state safety Ministry” Leonid Pasechnyk.

The goal of the participants of the “coup” was to remove Ihor Plotnitskyi from power and return Valeriy Bolotov, who was first to head the “LNR” in 2014, to Luhansk.

Sniehyriov claims that the Russian curators of the “LNR” didn’t cover Anashchenko’s elimination up by a heart attack from which Bolotov allegedly died in Moscow one week before, but decided to use a car explosion as it happened with field commander Driomov in December 2015.

According to the expert, these deaths are no coincidence – they result from the Russian curators’ decision to elevate the role of the chieftain of the militants of the self-proclaimed “LNR” Plotnitsky, concentrating the military-political power of the “republic” in his hands. Sniehyriov claims for the Russians Plotnitskyi is the only “legitimate” representative of the self-proclaimed “LNR” and signatory of the Minsk accords with which Kyiv must negotiate to resolve the conflict in Donbas. With this, the Kremlin attempts to present the conflict as an internal Ukrainian one.

The sequence of deaths of the “LNR” chieftains over the last year can indicate that the Russian side is starting to eliminate unnecessary witnesses who participated in the separatist rallies of 2014 and were carriers of secret information about the participation of the Russian special services in the occupation of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts of Ukraine. Apart from that, these figures took part in the smuggling and corruption schemes which involved influential representatives of the Russian establishment, criminal authorities, Ukrainian oligarchs, and Russian politicians.

A part of the deceased chieftains of the “LNR” took part in the attempts to organize “coups” against Plotnitskyi,  of which there were three starting from fall of 2014. The majority of the organizers were forced to leave “LNR” for Russia or were eliminated by the Russian special services.

Thus, three explanations for the death of Anashchenko can be offered:

1) He was killed by the groups of Igor Plotnitskyi and Vladislav Surkov who aimed to eliminate the opponents of the Plotnitsky regime and therefore concentrate all power in the hands of the acting “Head” of the Russian-backed enclave. Presumably, representatives of the “Prosecutor General’s Office” took part in the operation;


2) He was killed as part of an operation of the Russian special services to eliminate the most odious and charismatic field commanders of the separatists who endanger the Minsk process. The representatives of the “first wave” of separatists are the idea-driven ones who reject the compromise Minsk process which forces them to make concessions to the Ukrainian government. It is possible that the Kremlin is attempting to instill order into the occupied territories and bring their political and military systems closer to the state of other Kremlin “frozen conflict” projects like Abkhazia or Transnistria;

3) He was actually killed in an operation of the Ukrainian special services, which would mean that Ukraine now has a renewed and extremely effective department at its service.

This elimination process is likely to continue. Opponents of Plotnitsky’s regime in the “LNR” are in the most danger, as well as participants of large-scale smuggling and corruption schemes in occupied Donbas.

Translated by: Alya Shandra

Source: Abridged and adapted from depo.ua

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  1. Avatar Mykola Banderachuk says:

    You can have all the theories you want why he was killed. All I can say is: GOOD NEWS

  2. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    Another nogoodnik bites the dust. Yowza!

  3. Avatar Dalton says:

    Gee what a tragedy 🙂

  4. Avatar Vol Ya says:

    another piece of russian garbage eliminated. may be burn in hell. who is next.

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      It’s the so-called DNR’s turn now, so I’d say Pushilin. :)))

  5. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    Plotnitsky isn’t safe either. He is just as much a witness to Dwarfstan’s involvement in the Donbas as the thugs who have been assassinated were. He too will be blown up when he has outlived his usefulness to the dwarf. Alternatively, he could be served polonium tea, or suffer a “heart attack”, “commit suicide” etc etc. The possibilities are endless for the FSB.
    The same applies to Zakharchenko, Pushilin and the other scum who run the so-called DNR.

  6. Avatar Alex George says:

    Why would Ukraine bother to kill him? As in, what would it gain?

    Plotnitsky would be more worthwhile, but not much – he is just a Kremlin stooge, and easily replaced.

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      IF the Ukrainian SBU is responsible (which I very much doubt), the blowing up of Anashchenko sends a message to the “leaders” of the so-called LNR and DNR: “We’re going to get you, traitors- each and every one of you.”
      However, it would mean that the SBU has suddenly become so powerful that it can bump off the Kolorad leaders- Bednov, Mozgovoi, Pavlov etc- in the occupied territory at will, without ANYONE being caught. Not likely with FSB, GRU and other Dwarfstanian security and intelligence services swarming over the area.
      As to the real reason for all the Kolorad scum being blown up, shot etc, it may be as simple as a war for the proceeds of the smuggling between the occupied territory and free Ukraine or for the proceeds of the “humanitarian convoys” the dwarf sends to the LNR and DNR which end upon the black market according to Igor Girkin and Ataman Koznitsky, instead of being distributed among the local population.

  7. Avatar veth says:

    Every month an nazzi-leader is killed in Donbass…….great!

  8. Avatar Murf says:

    Another body for the fire.
    I doubt SBU had anything to do with it. Why bother when the Russian will take care of the problem for you?
    Also there is no way FSB would let a UA hit team operate in their area.
    Funny how NOBODY has been prosecuted for ANY of the assassinations?

    1. Avatar veth says:

      Who will bring the FSB to court.haah

  9. Avatar Vlad Pufagtinenko says:

    Russian vermin killing Russian vermin. Hope it continues.

  10. Avatar Brent says:

    Hopefully the next attempts on Plotnitsky and Zakharchenko will be successful as well https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/39bf92eccb62f629f7e0371a7d992f1488f1779fa7b959882b9a0a83671fc520.jpg

  11. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

    Rejoice, rejoice! Yet another Kolorad “leader” has been blown up, in his own office no less: Mikhail Tolstykh alias Givi.

    No doubt the dwarf will blame the all-powerful SBU again, though it’s increasingly likely that the FSB is responsible. The surviving LNR/DNR leaders may well come to the conclusion that it’s far better to surrender to the Ukrainian government and accept a prison sentence in exchange for spilling the beans about the dwarf’s involvement in the Donbas than waiting to be bumped off by what are supposedly one’s allies.


    1. Avatar Alex George says:

      Yes hard to see why Ukraine would bother – Zacharchenko sure. But Givi’s force has already been shot to pieces. He causes more trouble for Putin alive than dead.