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Ukraine crisis: Separatists of Slavyansk mourn the 'boys trying to be heroes’
The Telegraph ^

Posted on 04/26/2014 7:03:16 AM PDT by kronos77

Father talks of losing his son, who was killed after joining the 'self-defence' groups fighting the Ukraine administration

Vladimir Lubenets mourns his son Aleksandr, who was killed during the checkpoint attack yesterday in Slavyansk Photo: DAVID ROSE By Harriet Salem, Slavyansk7:28PM BST 25 Apr 2014 Vladimir Lubenets heard a short burst of gunfire near his home on the outskirts of rebel-controlled Slavyansk and tried desperately to contact his son Aleksandr. “I phoned everyone, and eventually someone told me, 'I’m sorry the boy is gone’.” Between sobs, the distraught father said his son was shot in the back, a few days before his 22nd birthday. The death is one in a spate of killings that have rippled across eastern Ukraine as armed pro-Russian rebels have seized buildings and the army has made intermittent attempts to reassert control. Last week two bodies bearing signs of torture were pulled out of a river near Slavyansk. One was identified as local pro-Ukraine councillor, Volodymyr Rybak, the other remains unidentified. On Easter Sunday, two rebels were gunned down at a checkpoint on the edge of the city. Like many young men in Slavyansk and neighbouring villages, Aleksandr Lubenets had signed up to the local self-defence guard to oppose what many locals believe is a fascist administration in Kiev that removed Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian president, with the connivance of the West.

Mr Lubenets insisted that his son was not a soldier. “He just loved his motherland,” he said. “He was a good person, very cheerful, very funny who loved life.” Since the militia took hold of Slavyansk two weeks ago, automatic weapons, pistols and sawn-off shotguns have become a common sight on the streets, which the separatists claim is besieged by Ukrainian forces and at risk of attack.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: obama; putin; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 04/26/2014 7:03:17 AM PDT by kronos77
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That kid was just a sap misled by Putin and his band of degenerates who have turned Sloviansk into a giant torture chamber.

4 posted on 04/26/2014 8:07:12 AM PDT by Agog
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