"The Security Service and Interior Ministry officers detained two assassins in Lysychansk a few hours ago today (June 24). They were going to murder Chief of police of the Luhansk region Anatolii Naumenko. The detainees appeared to be the so-called volunteers of the Interior Ministry's Tornado squadron (they had appropriate chevrons but were not official members of the squadron)," the report reads.
It was established that the suspects left the village of Pryvillia (the base of Tornado is situated there) June 22 and went through wood lines bypassing checkpoints to the city of Lysychansk where they checked into a mini-hotel.
One of them was a 37-year-old sniper - the one who intended to commit a murder of Naumenko and the other one was a 58-year-old sniper's associate whose mission was to back up the main killer.
Makarov pistols, which were in the books of the Tornado squadron, were seized from both of them during the arrest, as well as "Vepr" hunting rifle with a scope sight, two RGD-5 grenades and 47 rounds of ammunition of various calibers.
During the interrogation, the "hitman" has confirmed that they were plotting an attempt upon Naumenko's life. They were aware of his place of work, residence, and main routes he used while the motive was the revenge for withdrawal of the Tornado squadron from the Luhansk region.