Established officials in Moscow said a Kremlin supporter in the Russian-controlled port city of Bardyansk in southern Ukraine was in critical condition on Tuesday after being injured in a car explosion.
Local city officials said the city’s commandant Artem Bardin was taken to hospital “in critical condition” after a bomb exploded in his car.
Earlier, his death was announced by the Bardiansk city authority and the pro-Kremlin regional official later said that Bardian was alive but seriously hurt.
“He is seriously injured, but fortunately alive. Doctors are fighting to save him,” said Yevgeny Balitsky, head of the Zaporizhzhya region administration, established in Moscow.
Local pro-Russian officials have accused “Ukrainian terrorists” of being behind the attack, which they intended to intimidate Ukrainian officials who sided with the Russians.
In recent months, several officers have been killed or injured in attacks set up by the Russian military in Moscow-controlled areas in Ukraine.
Kyiv has not formally claimed responsibility for them.
In late August, Alexei Kovalev, a former legislator who switched allegiance and became a senior official in the Russian-established administration, was shot dead.
Ukraine has claimed its first lead in a counter-offensive against Russian forces in the south, saying it has recaptured several areas and destroyed several targets.
Russian-established officials in the Ukrainian territory occupied by Kherson on Monday signaled a delay in planning a referendum in southern Ukraine amid a retaliatory strike.
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