Vitaly Bulyuk’s car struck a mine, authorities reported
The deputy governor of Russia’s Kherson Region, Vitaly Bulyuk, is in the hospital and his driver is dead, after their vehicle struck a mine on Monday, according to local authorities. Bulyuk has been in charge of economic and financial matters in the former Ukrainian region that joined Russia this fall.
Bulyuk has been injured and his condition is “moderate but stable,” Vadim Ilmiev, the region’s health minister, told reporters. “He is in one of the regional hospitals.”
The deputy governor’s driver died on the scene, when their vehicle struck what appeared to be a landmine, a local source told RT. The car caught fire and burned down.
Kherson authorities told RIA Novosti that the explosion had been an “attempted assassination” of Bulyuk. His injuries were not life-threatening, the officials added.
Bulyuk’s portfolio in the regional administration included economic affairs, budget and finance, farming and revenue. Another deputy head of the region, Kirill Stremousov, died in a car crash last month.
Russia incorporated Kherson Region in October, after the majority of residents voted in favor of such a move during the referendum. Kherson has been under Russian control between early March and November, when the Defense Ministry ordered a pullout of troops from the right bank of the Dnieper Riever, where the region’s eponymous capital city is located.
December 12, 2022 at 10:50PM