Senior pro-Russian official gunned down in Kherson, Ukraine


A former lawmaker who switched allegiance from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to occupying Russian forces in the southern Kherson region has been shot dead, Russian investigators said on Monday.

Alexei Kovalev, “the deputy head of the military and civil administration of the Kherson region was shot dead,” investigators said on Telegram.

The attack took place at his home on Sunday, they said, adding that a young woman who lived with him was also the victim.

They did not give further details.

In recent months, several Ukrainian officials appointed by Russian forces in occupied territory have been killed or injured in attacks.

Kovalev, 33, was elected deputy in 2019 in Kherson and joined Zelensky’s group in the Ukrainian parliament.

After the Russian offensive on Ukraine at the end of February and the occupation of Kherson by Russian troops, Kovalev joined the invading forces and became a senior official.

He survived an assassination attempt in June.

Russian forces capture Kherson, a city of 280,000, on March 3.

It was the first major city to fall after Moscow invaded Ukraine.


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