Ukrainian Mayor ‘Found Dead’ After ‘Taking Pro-Russian Position’

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A pro-Russian mayor has reportedly been ‘found dead,’ after allegedly being ‘kidnapped from his home’. 

According to reports, Volodymyr Struk, who was the mayor of Kreminna, in Ukraine, suffered a ‘gunshot wound to the heart’ on Tuesday.

Prior to his death, the adviser for the Interior Minister of Ukraine, Anton Gerashchenko, supposedly took to Facebook and branded him a ‘traitor’.

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He said: “One traitor of Ukraine became less! Volodymyr Struk, the former deputy of the Luhansk Regional Council, the head of the Kreminetsk OTG, was found killed.

“In 2014, he was an active supporter of the Luhansk People’s Republic. He then left for a part of the Luhansk region free from temporary occupation [and was] twice elected the head of Kreminetskoí OTG.

“In the last week, he actively took a Russian position, campaigning OTG deputies to communicate with the Russian Federation and the LNR – gathering deputies on this matter.”

The news of Struk’s death began circulating on Twitter before it was officially confirmed.

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The Minister went on to address rumours that he himself had been ‘kidnapped,’ adding: “On March 1 [there] was a statement from his wife that he was kidnapped [from persons] unknown in camouflage form. The cause of death is a fiery injury to the heart area.

“But when the Russian troops approached 15km to the Kreminny, Volodymyr Struk was judged by the court of the people’s tribunal. Judging by all, [he was] shot by unknown patriots as a traitor to the laws of military time.”

He added: “When we soon defeat fascist Russia – we will clean and relocate all the law enforcement officers and corrupt judges who covered up such as Struk!”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.