Ukraine mentioned Sunday a blast triggered by “local resistance movements” within the Moscow-controlled Ukrainian metropolis of Melitopol the day before today killed Russian navy officers at a headquarters of the occupation authorities.
Melitopol, with a pre-war inhabitants of round 150,000 individuals, was captured early after Russia invaded Ukraine in February final yr and now lies some dozens of miles behind the frontline additional north.
“At least three officers of the Russian guard were eliminated” because of the “revenge action, carried out by representatives of the local resistance movement,” the intelligence service of Ukraine’s defence ministry mentioned on Telegram.
AFP was not capable of independently affirm the claims.
“The attack on the headquarters was carried out during the meeting of the (Russian security service) FSB and (Russian National Guard) Rosgvardia,” the identical supply added.
Melitopol is in Zaporizhzhia, one of many 4 areas — together with Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kherson — that Russia claims to have annexed with out absolutely controlling them.
The exiled mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov on Saturday night mentioned residents reported an “explosion, which was heard in all corners of the city” and police vehicles rushing via town.
Several Russian-linked officers have been killed in assaults in territories managed by Moscow’s forces for the reason that invasion started.
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