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Ukrainian Separatist Leader Laid To Rest

The funeral has been held of prominent Ukrainian separatist commander Aleksei Mozgovoi, who was killed in a mysterious gangland-style hit on May 23. The May 27 funeral was attended by members of his unit, the Ghost battalion, and residents in rebel-held Alchevsk. It concluded with a volley of gunfire in his honor. Rebel leaders have said Kyiv was behind the attack, a drive-by killing in which his car was sprayed with bullets, but he was also known to have fallen out with Luhansk's self-proclaimed separatist leader Igor Plotnitsky. Mozgovoi had survived several previous assassination attempts. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)