Pro-Russian Ukrainian official dies after car explosion

Artem Bardin, a Russian appointed official in the city of Berdyansk, southern Ukraine, died of his injuries after a car explosion.

The vehicle carrying Artem Bardin, commander of the Berdyansk military service, exploded in the center of the city controlled by Russian forces in Zaporizhzhia province, while parked near the local government office.

Bardin is believed to be the only one injured and hospitalized in serious condition. Three other civilian vehicles were damaged.

Pro-Russian Ukrainian official dies after car explosion

The scene where the car exploded, killing Artem Bardin on September 6. Video: Twitter/PqqJydj0SfynTox.

Vladimir Rogov, a provincial government official appointed by Moscow, later confirmed Bardin died in hospital. “According to our information, he did not survive because his injuries were too severe,” Rogov said.

Pictures appearing on social media showed the official’s car burned. No party has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, while local authorities have blamed “Ukrainian intruders” for the incident and announced they are searching for Kiev’s reconnaissance and sabotage unit.

Several officials appointed by Russian forces in territories controlled by Moscow in Ukraine have recently been killed or wounded in attacks. Kiev has not commented on these attacks.

Late last month, Alexei Kovalev, a former congressman appointed as a senior official in the government that Russia set up in the Kherson region, was shot dead.





Berdyansk port location in southeastern Ukraine.  Graphics: Washington Post.

Berdyansk port location in southeastern Ukraine. Graphics: Washington Post.

Huyen Le (Theo RT, AFP)

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