According to the regional occupation authorities, a car bomb believed to have been planted by Ukrainian saboteurs killed the Russian-appointed administrator of a small town in the Russian-occupied east of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.
According to TASS, the military-civilian government claimed that the top administrator of Velikyi Burluk, Yevgeny Yunakov, had been assassinated by a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group.
Although Russia has made it clear that it wants to free the eastern Ukrainian provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk from Kiev’s rule, it has given no indication that it wants to give up any of the other lands it has annexed since invading Ukraine on February 24.
Russian forces have also taken large portions of the southern Ukrainian provinces of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, in addition to the eastern Kharkiv region.
The district head of Melitopol, one of the first towns to be taken over by Russian forces, Andrei Siguta, was claimed to have narrowly survived a sabotage shot at his residence by occupation officials in Zaporizhzhia on Monday. Melitopol was one of the first towns to fall to Russian forces.
The would-be assassin was shot and killed, according to Vladimir Rogov, a senior member of the Russian-appointed civil-military government of the province of Zaporizhzhia.
According to the deputy administrator of the Russian-installed Kherson regional administration, a bomb murdered a senior official on June 24.
The head of Ukrainian military intelligence told Reuters the next day that “those who betrayed Ukraine and all those wretches who came here to destroy our country will be destroyed” although declining to comment on partisan resistance actions in seized territory.
Russia describes the invasion as a “special military operation,” and claims it has to take action to defend Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine from retaliation and neutralize a Western-backed security threat.
These, according to Kyiv and the West, are flimsy justifications for an imperial conquest war.