The surprise attack by the Lyashko-backed militia came
around 3 p.m., when five armed men stormed the Torez City Hall in Donetsk
Oblast. The gunmen immediately ran towards an office on the first floor,
where they opened fire on the two seperatists. Both were active supporters of the
Kremlin-backed, breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic.
Roman, 34, who celebrated a birthday on May 11, the day the
People’s Republic held a referendum on secession from Ukraine, lay face down in
a pool of blood in the office when the Kyiv Post arrived on the scene. A red,
black and blue flag of the breakaway republic hung above his body on the wall.
He lived and worked in the neighboring town of Shakhtarsk, acquaintances said. They declined to give his full name.
Alexander, also of Shakhtarsk, whose family told the Kyiv Post
he was under 25 years old, was taken to the Torez central hospital with three
critical wounds, including one in the neck. Just before 8 p.m., Alexander
was set to undergo surgery. Family members asked that his last name not be used in this story.