The explosion happened around 7:40.
An explosion occurred in the center of Melitopol, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, said on Telegram. The region is under partial control of the Russian military.
According to Rogov, the explosion occurred around 7:40. “Inhabitants of the streets of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, Sergey Kirov, Pyotr Doroshenko, the windows and walls in the houses were trembling. The center of the city was filled with clubs of black smoke»,— he wrote.
If there were victims, Rogov did not specify. He described the incident as a terrorist attack.
According to a RIA Novosti source, a car exploded in the city center. After the incident, Victory Square, where the administration of Melitopol is located, was cordoned off, the agency reports. According to preliminary data, three people were injured, the RIA Novosti interlocutor said. in the city administration.
Later, the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region stated that the explosion was not an assassination attempt on the head of the administration, Yevgeny Balitsky. The assassination attempt was reported on Ukrainian Telegram channels. “The governor does not live in this house [next to which there was an explosion]. It was a terrorist attack against the volunteers,— told TASS in the military-civilian administration.
According to her, two volunteers were injured in the explosion— A 28-year-old girl and a 25-year-old guy who were involved in providing humanitarian assistance in Melitopol and the Melitopol region, RIA Novosti reports.
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Melitopol is located in the south of the Zaporozhye region, which is partly controlled by the Russian military. Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said that he sees the future of this region “in the Russian family.” And the pro-Russian authorities of Zaporozhye announced plans to become part of Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned at the end of April that Ukraine would withdraw from negotiations if referendums were held in the regions taken by the Russian army. In May, negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow were suspended. According to Zelensky, Ukraine will return to them when it returns the territories lost after February 24.