Ukraine used US-supplied HIMARS missiles to hit meeting of senior officials collaborating with Russia, occupation officials say


A Russian soldier on guard duty in Kherson, southern Ukraine, May 20, 2022.PA

  • Several pro-Kremlin officials in the occupied territories of Ukraine have been killed or attacked.

  • In Kherson, at least one official was killed in an attack using HIMARS missiles, occupation officials said.

  • Ukraine has not taken responsibility for the attacks.

Ukraine struck an office building where pro-Kremlin aides were meeting in Kherson, the latest apparent attack on authorities in the occupied territories, occupation officials have claimed.

Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of Russian-installed Kherson, told Russian state television that US-supplied HIMARS rockets hit the area around his office on Friday, according to Reuters.

Videos taken after the explosion appear to show smoke billowing from the damaged building.

Stremousov said while it was too early to confirm the number of casualties, several people were killed and injured.

The Kremlin-appointed labor minister for Kherson, Alla Barkhatnova, said she was injured in the attack and her driver was killed, Russian media reported.

Separately, the prosecutor general of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic and his deputy were killed in an explosion at their office on Friday, the head of the separatist administration said on Telegram.

Ukraine has not taken responsibility for either of the attacks, which Kremlin aides have called “terrorist” acts.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s senior adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, denied that Ukraine was behind the Luhansk explosion, suggesting on Twitter this was likely due to organized crime groups or an attempt to get rid of witnesses to war crimes.

Attacks on officials have also been reported in the occupied city of Berdyansk.

Although there have previously been sporadic reports of attacks on occupation officials, they have generally not been carried out on such a coordinated scale or through the use of long-range munitions.

Ukraine is currently conducting a successful counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region, where it is making considerable gains, as well as counter-attacks in the southern region of Kherson.

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