War in Ukraine: Russian occupation worker, former pro-Zelensky MP and wanted for treason, shot dead.

“Alexei Kovalev, deputy head of the military and civil administration of the Kherson region, responsible for agricultural issues, was wounded by bullets and died,” the Russian Intelligence Service said on its Telegram account.

“An attack was carried out at his home on August 28. A young woman who lived with the deceased was also victimized by the criminals,” the Committee for Major Criminal Cases in Russia added, without providing further details.

In recent months, several officers appointed by the Russians have been injured or killed in attacks in the Ukrainian territories they have seized.

Alexey Kovalev, 33, was elected vice president in the Kherson region in 2019 and joined President Volodymyr Zelensky’s team in the Ukrainian parliament.

After the Kremlin offensive and capture of the Kherson region at the end of February, he joined the occupation administration. In late June, he escaped another assassination attempt.

Most of the Kherson region and part of the Zaporizhia region were captured by the Kremlin, which is trying to implement the policy of Russification there with the aim of possible annexation. Moscow introduced the ruble there and encouraged its people to obtain Russian passports.

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