Car bomb kills Russian collaborator in charge of interrogating prisoners in Ukraine’s Melitopol

Car bomb kills Russian collaborator in charge of interrogating prisoners in Ukraine's Melitopol

Image of car bomb incident in Melitopol. Credit: Twitter@uawarinfo

Denys Stefankov, a former Ukrainian police officer turned Russian collaborator was blown up by a car bomb in the city of Melitopol.

As reported by Flash News, Denys Stefankov, a former Ukrainian police officer who defected to work for the Russian occupiers in the city of Melitopol was allegedly the target of a car bomb that exploded on Sunday, Saturday 18. The blast is said to have occurred in the yard of an apartment block in the city centre.

According to local media reports in Melitopol, Stefankov was the head of the rapid response department in the city. He is alleged to have been the person in charge of interrogating Ukrainian prisoners. It was suggested that his vehicle was targeted by the Ukrainian security forces (FSB).

Posting on Telegram, Ivan Federov, the mayor of Melitopol wrote: “A powerful explosion in the courtyard of Melitopol high-rise building in the city centre is a probable result of the FSB cleansing. According to preliminary data, in the course of the ‘showdown’ they wanted to eliminate one of the collaborators -police officers – the so-called ‘head of the GBR of the people’s police'”.

He continued: “Denis Stefankov is one of 118 traitor policemen, against whom we were preparing to seize all their real and personal property. Everyone who betrayed Ukraine should be clear: Russia does not need you. After you are used, you will turn into expendable material”.

Image of the incident in Melitopol. Credit: Telegram Ivan Federov


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