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Pro-Russia commander killed in eastern Ukraine infighting

Iran Press TV

Sun Jan 4, 2015 3:14PM

A prominent commander fighting the Ukrainian military in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic has been killed following internecine clashes with the region's pro-Russia security forces.

According to a website belonging to the self-proclaimed government in the eastern Ukrainian region of Lugansk, Alexander Bednov lost his life on Thursday after pro-Russia security forces attempted to arrest him.

Bednov, the leader of the renowned pro-Russia "Batman" battalion, and several other members of his group were ordered to be arrested by the prosecutor's office in Lugansk on charges of murder, abduction and other convictions.

Volodymyr Polevoy, a spokesman for Ukraine's military, confirmed Bednov's death on Sunday.

The infighting among pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine was not unprecedented. Back in May, clashes broke out between militias in Donetsk following a supermarket ransacking.

The two mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have been the scene of deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev's military operation started in mid-April in a bid to crush the protests.

Violence intensified in May after the two flashpoint regions held local referendums in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.

According to the latest figures released by the United Nations, more than 4,700 people have been killed in the fighting.

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