A Moscow-appointed mayor, Andrey Shevchik, was injured in an explosion on Sunday. According to Russian state news agency TASS, Shevchik is the mayor of the southern Ukrainian town of Enerhodar. The explosion is said to have taken place as he entered his apartment building on Sunday evening. While it’s unclear whether the mayor was lightly injured or seriously injured, several Russian and Ukrainian media reported that Shevchik was in the intensive care unit. Meanwhile, Shevchik’s press office informed the media that the Russian investigative commission had launched an investigation into the case. The office told media that its two guards were also injured in the blast.
Enerhodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov confirmed the accident and said they were being treated at a local hospital. “We can conclude that the collaborator was the target,” Orlov said.
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“Investigators will establish the circumstances of the attack on the mayor of Energodar in the Zaporozhye region, which is under the control of the Russian armed forces, as part of the investigation into crimes committed by Ukrainian nationalists,” he said. said TASS citing the Investigative Committee. report. Meanwhile, Dmytro Orlov, the elected mayor of Enerhodar, confirmed reports of injuries but also did not comment on the severity of the attack. “We have a proper report that during the explosion the self-proclaimed leader of the ‘people’s administration’ Shevchik and his guards were injured,” he said on Telegram. Apart from the three, he added that no one was injured in the incident.
It is relevant to mention here that Shevchik was appointed mayor following the attack of Russian troops in February this year. The city of about 50,000 inhabitants was built in 1970 to serve the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and the Chernobyl power plant. Russian forces had first targeted this area early in the war. Since then, experts have raised fears that this could be the next nuclear disaster.
Russia launched a full-fledged war against Ukraine nearly two days after Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. Putin’s action came despite repeated warnings from the West and speculation that he was ill-intentioned to invade Ukraine. On February 24, Russian troops launched a military operation in Ukraine. Since then, it has bombed several cities in Ukraine, killing thousands of civilians. Recently, during an interview with Russian state media, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow was in no mood to conclude the ongoing “special military operations” until the objectives are not achieved.
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