Pro-Russian separatists reportedly vandalize, loot and set aflame a Ukrainian hockey arena


A boy walks by as firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire at the ice arena “Druzhba” (Friendship), on Tuesday in Donetsk, Ukraine. May 27, 2014. (Stringer/Reuters)

Pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk reportedly took our their anger on “Friendship” early Tuesday morning. The separatists vandalized and set aflame the Druzhba hockey arena (“druzhba” means “friendship” in both Russian and Ukrainian), where the city’s KHL team Donbass plays, reports Ukraine’s Pravda.com.

According to the club’s official Web site written in Russian, the culprits “subdued the security guards, stole office equipment, plasma screens, a safe from the fan store, and a vehicle, and lit parts of the complex on fire.”

Aleksei Braga, the general director of the club, told Pravda.com reports that security cameras caught a group ransacking the building between two and three in the morning. The paper reports the fire was under control by 8:25 a.m.

It is unclear whether any suspects have been apprehended or just exactly how much damage was done.

Club officials believe the separatists were attempting to get revenge on Donbass club President Boris Kolesnikov, who recently aligned himself with Ukrainian billionaire and anti-separatist Rinat Akhmetov, Pravda reports.


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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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