By Matthew Roscoe •
Updated: 25 Sep 2022 • 14:21
Former Verkhovna Rada deputy Alexey Zhuravko reportedly killed in Russian-occupied Kherson. Image: @sprinter88000/Twitter
According to several local reports, Alexey Zhuravko was killed after Ukrainian Armed Forces launched a HIMARS attack on a hotel in the city of Kherson in the Kherson region.
“A hotel where civilians were staying was shelled by the Ukrainian armed forces from HIMARS MLRS. As a result of the shelling there are two dead,” the correspondent was told by the emergency services.
An RT film crew is believed to have been in the hotel at the time of the attack, the camera operator was crushed, however, he survived and was not severly injured. The explosion is also believed to have damaged cars parked next to the hotel.
As noted by both Ukraine and Russian news outlets, Zhuravko represented the Party of Regions in the 5th and 6th convocations. In 2014, he moved to Rashka, and this year he returned to Kherson and “collaborated with the occupiers.”
One person on Twitter paid tribute to Aleksey Zhuravko.
“Aleksey Zhuravko died in his native city, waiting for his release and returning after an eight-year exile – but never saw the “formalised” return of Kherson to the Russian harbour. He was only 48 years old. Energetic, smart, decent. A patriot of his South Russian region and Russia.”
On Tuesday, September 20, Ukraine’s Kherson region announced that it would hold a Russia annexation vote from September 23 to 27, the same as in the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.
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