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VOA: Separatist Leader in Eastern Ukraine Survives Assassination Attempt
The Russian-backed leader of a separatist region in eastern Ukraine was seriously wounded Saturday in an apparent assassination attempt, Russian and Ukrainian media reported.
The pro-Russian separatist Luhansk Information Center said a bomb exploded early Saturday near the car of rebel leader Igor Plotnitsky in the capital of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic. By early Sunday, no one had claimed responsibility.
Russian media later showed footage of a mangled sport utility vehicle and quoted a rebel spokesman as saying Plotnitsky was hospitalized in stable condition.
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