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Luhansk chieftain Plotnytskyy reportedly flees to Russia

It was "decided to remove" him but he "strongly minded".

The chieftain of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, Ihor Plotnytskyy, has fled to Russia, according to a Telegram post by Russian mercenary Aleksandr Zhuchkovskiy, 0642.ua said.

"According to the latest information, having lost control of the situation, Plotnytskyy fled to Russia. Perhaps, he is not coming back. There are big doubts that there are people in Moscow who can pull him out," he said.

Earlier, Zhuchkovskiy said that it was "decided to remove" Plotnytskyy but he "strongly minded".

Earlier, Plotnytskyy dismissed interior minister Ihor Kornet.

On the morning of 21 November, armed people in uniforms blocked central Luhansk. Kornet issued a statement on the interior ministry's website, in which he denied his dismissal and blamed Plotnytskyy's entourage for misinforming him. He added that these people should be arrested.

Plotnytskyy, for his part, said that Kornet had indeed been dismissed and dismissed the allegations against his entourage.