London — High-ranking Russian-established government officials in the Ukrainian-occupied Kherson region were killed in a clear assassination on Friday, the government's deputy secretary told Reuters.
Dmitry Savlucenko, head of the family, youth and sports departments of the Carson military civilian government, was killed in a bomb.
Russia's TASS news agency said there were two burnt-out cars in the courtyard of Kherson, the blast-stricken capital, and the windows of one four-story house shattered. ..
Kherson is located northwest of the Russian annexed Crimean Peninsula and was occupied during the first week of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which began in February. Most of the locals are gone.
During the first few weeks of the occupation, there were regular civilian protests in the area, which were subdued.
Since then, there have been unconfirmed reports of increased partisan activity against Russian-backed authorities.
On June 18, Ukrainian media reported that a local prison chief who joined the Russian government was injured in a bomb.
On June 20, Ukrainian troops said two Russian soldiers were killed and another injured when a gunner fired at a waterside cafe in Kherson. (Report by Reuters, edited by Kevin Riffy and Gareth Jones)