“The so-called people’s mayor Ponomaryov has been removed from office for conducting an activity incompatible with the goals and objectives of the civilian administration. I cannot say more for now,” Strelkov wrote on his Facebook page.
According to some reports, Ponomaryov has been arrested. For instance, DPR first deputy prime minister Andriy Purhin told Interfax: “I, too, have received information about his arrest, this information is not first-hand, I only know that he has been arrested. The reasons for such a decision have not been told to me yet.”
Earlier on Tuesday a spokesperson for the DPR dismissed the reports about Ponomariov’s arrest. “The information about Viacheslav’s arrest is a lie. At this moment he is at a meeting,” the DPR spokesperson told Interfax on June 10.