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    Ukraine Takes Credit for the Car Bomb Killing of a Russia-Backed Official in Luhansk

    Ukraine Takes Credit for the Car Bomb Killing of a Russia-Backed Official in Luhansk

    , Ukraine — Ukraine's intelligence agency took credit for a car bombing Wednesday that killed a member of the -backed authority in the illegally annexed Luhansk region.

    Mikhail Filiponenko was a member of the local legislature and previously served as police chief. He had survived a car bombing on Feb. 21, 2022, three days before Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

    Local officials announced Filiponenko's death.

    Filiponenko had organized and participated in the torture of prisoners of war and civilians, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense said on Telegram.

    It said that the killing was a warning that “traitors to Ukraine and collaborators with terrorist Russia in temporarily occupied territories … will receive just retribution! The hunt continues!”

    The agency said that members of the resistance movement helped carry out the killing.

    Russia-backed insurgents declared a separatist Luhansk People's Republic in 2014 and fought Ukrainian forces relying on 's and political support. Russia illegally annexed it in 2022 along with three other eastern Ukrainian regions after invading Ukraine.

    Ukraine received good news, meanwhile, on its bid to join the European Union. The EU's executive branch recommended it should be permitted to open membership talks once it's addressed shortfalls that include corruption.

    In a setback that had been…

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