The prosecutor general of the Russian-backed self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine and his deputy have been killed by a bomb blast at their offices, according to local officials and emergency services.
“According to preliminary data, LNR prosecutor general Sergei Gorenko died from his injuries as a result of an explosion at his office,” a spokesperson for the emergency services said, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
The state-run Tass news agency quoted a colonel in the separatist Luhansk interior ministry as saying Gorenko’s deputy had also been killed.
Russian agencies quoted emergency services and local officials as saying the blast had been caused by a bomb.
Russian-backed separatists in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson separately said that Ukrainian forces had bombarded government buildings on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding others.
Kirill Stremousov, the Russian-installed deputy head of the Kherson region, told Russian state TV that one wing of the administration’s building in Kherson had been practically destroyed in the strike, which he said involved US-made Himars rockets.
Reuters could not verify reports from the conflict zones.
Stremousov said it was too early to give an exact number of casualties, but that several people had been killed and wounded.
Another Russian-installed official said the strike had coincided with a meeting of local heads of Russian-installed city and district administrations in the building.
Russian forces seized the city of Kherson, along with the surrounding Ukrainian province of the same name, shortly after beginning their invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.
The region adjoins the Crimean peninsula, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014 and used as one of the launchpads for February’s invasion.
Ukrainian forces have regained some territory in the Kherson region as part of a counteroffensive over recent weeks.