Ukraine’s Security Service: Russian militants involved in deputy’s murder, self-proclaimed Sloviansk mayor helps

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) has released a YouTube video which implicates high-ranking Russian military intelligence officers in the abduction and subsequent murder of Horlivka City Councilman Volodymyr Rybak.

The first part of the video allegedly shows a recording of Russian military intelligence Lieutenant Colonel Igor Bezlier ordering a subordinate to abduct Rybak, tie his hands and blindfold him while driving him away to a remote place.

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In the second part of the recording, Russian military intelligence Colonel Igor Strelkov – who the SBU says is coordinating the Kremlin-backed separatist movement in eastern Ukraine – calls Viacheslav Ponomaryov, the self-proclaimed mayor of Sloviansk, “to come and pick up (Rybak’s) body because it is starting to stink.”

In response, Ponomaryov complies, and says he will come to take and bury the body., via

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