MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti) – The mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv has been injured in an assassination attempt, officials said Monday.
“Today at around 12:00 an assassination on [Kharkiv Mayor] Gennady Kernes was attempted. The head of the city of Kharkiv received a bullet wound to his back and is currently in the hospital on the surgeon’s table. Doctors are fighting for his life,” a statement on the city’s official website said.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said an investigation has been launched into the attack.
“All the circumstances of the incident are being investigated,” the ministry said in a statement.
The incident came a day after 14 people, including two police officers, were injured in a clash between ultranationalists and federalization supporters in the city.