Pro-Russian Gunmen Loot & Torch HC Donbass Arena
On the night of May 26 armed insurgents¬†from the Donetsk Republic stormed, looted, and torched the Druzhba¬†Arena in Donetsk.
The arena is the only professional capacity arena in the country and¬†home to the HC Donbass hockey team, Ukraine’s top professional &¬†international team. The gunmen stole plasma TVs, equipment, safety deposit boxes, and a company car before destroying surveillance equipment and setting the building ablaze.
The team is owned by Boris Kolesnikov, a close ally of Rinat Akhmetov and top ranking member of the¬†Party of Regions.
The team issued a statement saying it was deeply angered by what happened and emphasized: “We call on those people who still sympathize with the rebels of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, terrorizing East Ukraine – think: Is this a “future” they want for themselves and their children?