A Russian-appointed official in the occupied region of Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine was killed in a car bomb attack, a member of the Moscow-backed regional administration said Wednesday.
The assassination of Ivan Sushko, who ruled the city of Mykhailivka, is the latest of several attacks against pro-Russian officials in the occupied Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions in recent weeks.
“An explosive device was placed under the seat of the car,” wrote Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Russian administration of Zaporizhzhia, on the Telegram messaging application.
“Ivan Sushko was injured in the blast and hospitalized in critical condition,” Rogov said. “He died soon.”
Sushko’s death follows an attempted car bomb on Tuesday against Russian Kherson region official Igor Telegin, who survived.
Earlier this month, Moscow-based Kherson region chief Vladimir Saldo was hospitalized in Moscow after what the Russian Defense Ministry said was an attempted poisoning.
His deputy Vitaly Gura was shot and killed a day later.
In response to Sushko’s assassination, Rogov called Ukraine a “terrorist organization” and called for its “destruction”.
The Kremlin continues a campaign of Russification in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine that it occupies.