Ukrainian soldier's Russian attacker hiding in Poland: report
PR dla Zagranicy
A man who organised an attack on a Ukrainian soldier in Kiev last Wednesday is a Russian national who fled to Poland, the Zaxid.net website has cited the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) as saying.
Part of the street in which Ivashchenko says he was attacked. Photo: Olexa-Kyiv/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
According to Ukraine’s Hromadske Radio, Dmitry Ivashchenko, who was involved in defending Donetsk airport in 2014, was approached by five people in Kiev on May 2 before he was beaten and stabbed.
One man was armed with a hammer and another with a knife, Ivashchenko was cited by Hromadske Radio as saying.
Ivashchenko was stabbed in the back and was taken to hospital for surgery, according to reports.
After the attack, four suspects, all Ukrainian nationals, were detained by police in Kharkov, north-eastern Ukraine, Hromadske Radio cited the SBU as saying.
The SBU said that the suspects would be taken to Kiev for questioning, the Ukrainian radio station reported.
But the suspected organiser of the attack remains in hiding in Poland, the SBU said, according to Zaxid.net.
Donetsk airport was the site of two battles in 2014. It is located in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, which has seen armed conflict between pro-Russian separatist forces and the Ukrainian government since early 2014. (vb/pk)