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Pro-Russian official in Ukraine seriously injured in car explosion


In recent months, several pro-Russian officials in Ukraine have been killed or injured in attacks.

Kyiv:

A pro-Kremlin official in the Russian-controlled southern Ukrainian port city of Berdyansk was in serious condition on Tuesday after being injured in a car explosion, Moscow-based authorities said .

City commander Artem Bardin was taken to hospital “in serious condition” after a bomb exploded in his car, local city officials said.

Earlier, his death was announced by authorities in the city of Berdyansk and a pro-Kremlin regional official later recanted to say that Bardin was alive but seriously injured.

“He is seriously injured but fortunately alive. The doctors are fighting to save him,” said the head of the administration of the Zaporizhzhia region based in Moscow, Yevgeny Balitsky.

Local pro-Russian officials accused “Ukrainian terrorists” of being behind the attack, which they said was intended to intimidate Ukrainian officials who had sided with the Russians.

In recent months, several officials installed by Russian forces in Ukrainian territories controlled by Moscow have been killed or injured in attacks.

Kyiv has not officially claimed responsibility.

At the end of August, Alexei Kovalev, a former lawmaker who switched allegiance and became a senior official in the administration installed by Russia, was shot dead.

Ukraine claimed its first gains in a counter-offensive against the Russian army in the south, claiming to have recaptured several areas and destroyed several targets.

Russian-installed authorities in Ukraine’s occupied Kherson region on Monday hinted at delays to southern Ukraine’s referendum plans amid the counteroffensive.

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