Ukraine: Rebel commander killed in bomb blast

    Ukraine: Rebel commander killed in bomb blast

    Feb.5, Luhansk: A senior commander with pro-Russian rebel forces in eastern Ukraine has been killed in a car bomb attack in Luhansk, according to rebels group.

    Oleg Anashchenko was de facto defence minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LNR).
    The rebels blamed Ukraine for the "act of terrorism". Kiev denied any involvement in Saturday's blast. It follows the bloodiest week of clashes between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed insurgents since 2015.

    Later on Saturday Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed the crisis over the phone with US President Donald Trump.

    "The sides expressed deep concern because of the escalation of tension and the worsening of the humanitarian situation," a statement from Mr Poroshenko's spokesman said.

    He added that the two leaders emphasised the need for a full cease-fire.

    The Oslo Times International News Network