Ukrainian Security Service colonel killed, three wounded in car blast in Donbas

Photo: ssu.gov.ua

Photo: ssu.gov.ua 

War in the Donbas

A car explosion at 19:00 on 27 June 2017 took the life of Yuriy Voznyi, a colonel with Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), and wounded three others in the vehicle. The explosion took place in the village of Illinivka in Donetsk Oblast, 25 km from the frontline in Donbas. The incident has been classified as a terrorist act and is being investigated by Ukraine’s military prosecutor’s office.

The cause of the explosion has not yet been disclosed.

Anton Herashchenko, advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of the Interior, said that Voznyi served in the counterintelligence.

On the same day in the morning, a car explosion in central Kyiv killed Maksym Shapoval, also a colonel, who served as a special forces commander at the Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate. The main version of the assassination is a Russian trace. On 31 March 2017, the SBU colonel Oleksandr Kharaberiush, said to be one of the most productive counter-intelligence officers in Ukraine, had been killed by a car bomb in the south-Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Anton Herashchenko has made claims that Russia had opened a terrorist center with the goal of sending killers and saboteurs to Ukrainian territory to organize murders and terrorist acts. Herashchenko does not offer any proof to support that statement, but it is one worth taking seriously, the security expert Yuriy Kostiuchenko told RFE/RL: there are indeed Russian agents working in Ukraine and weapons and equipment are being passed on to saboteurs. Kostiuchenko opines that Ukraine has proof of Russian-organized terrorist attacks, but it is not assembled in a systematic manner.

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  • Tony

    Speak Ukrainian, be suspicious of anything Russian, strive to drive out Russian influence. As a matter of survival, this needs to be the job of every Ukrainian.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Putin the Pygmy is not only short in stature but his common sense has shriveled as well. Engaging in terrorist attacks against Ukraine and its people will not earn him converts. All it succeeds in doing is creating an ever increasing resolve among the vast majority of Ukrainian citizens to permanently distance themselves from Muscovite tyranny. As such Putin’s political policies to subjugate Ukraine could be compared to a swimmer trying to swim against a rip current and we all know how that usually ends. The swimmer drowns.