Key Putin Crony Killed in Deadly Car Bomb Attack

In the Ukrainian separatist stronghold of Luhansk, a bomb was detonated in the vehicle of a close Putin associate and ally.

The vehicle of “official” Valeriy Chaika was detonated on April 1 in the ungoverned city of Starobilsk, Luhansk area, as reported by Russian media.

The explosion reportedly happened at approximately 14:00, according to Russian media. It was later determined that the “administration” representative’s automobile had a device installed that triggered the explosion.

Initial reports indicate that Chaika was attempting to exit the House of Creativity building—the location of his recent employment—when the explosion occurred.

Russsian news outlets later reported Chaika’s demise, stating he had served as the “Center for the Service of Educational Organizations” deputy head. The Russians claim that Chaika’s vehicle detonated close to a local university branch.

The explosion in Valeriy Chaika’s Mitsubishi Pajero SUV in Starobilsk killed him instantly.

According to the investigators there, the circumstances of the incident and the people involved in committing the crime are still being investigated.

In parts of Ukraine that have been annexed, vehicle bombs have killed many politicians and their associates. Kyiv usually does not comment on Assassinations.

Sitting in the Donbas area of eastern Ukraine, it was captured in 2014 by pro-Moscow rebels who established the Luhansk People’s Republic. Russia proclaimed the annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson in September 2022.

According to Kremlin authorities, all four regions—around 15% of Ukraine’s total landmass—had chosen to become part of their nation. At the time, election officials seemed to tally piles of unmarked ballot papers as “Yes” ballots after footage surfaced showing citizens being taken to the polls by pro-Russian paramilitary groups holding gunpoint.

The majority of world leaders deemed the referendums to be unlawful.

According to Yana Litvinova, head of the Starobilsk military administration, Valeriy Chaika was a secretary for the Komsomol district committee in the past. Following this, he oversaw a regional motor transport firm, maintained his position as deputy head of the district state administration, and was a prominent figure in the Party of Regions, a Ukrainian political party that the media has cast as pro-Russian.

74-year-old Cossack chieftain Valeriy Chaika headed an educational center that pumped out Russian propaganda to youngsters.

Even Chaika’s wife, a highly experienced educator, cooperates fully with the occupying government. The local school employs her.

In 2023, the Security Services first implicated Valeriy Chaika in a criminal probe