Ukraine rebel leader Plotnitsky 'injured in car blast'

Nearly 9,500 people have been killed since a Moscow-backed insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine in April 2014The leader of a self-proclaimed separatist republic in eastern Ukraine was injured in a suspected car bombing Saturday, local media reported. Igor Plotnitsky, the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic, “was wounded this morning as a result of a powerful explosion that occurred near his car,” the official pro-Russian rebels’ news agency said. Plotnitsky, 52, was being treated at a local hospital along with several other people who suffered injuries in the blast in the city of Lugansk, the report said.

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