Assassination Attempt on Psuedo Mayor Fails

There’s a lot of movement in Mariupol from both the Ukrainian and Russian military, as well as from the citizens themselves.

Earlier this week, the Russian-occupied Mariupol was stirred up by the locals as Moscow-appointed Konstantin Ivaschenko continued to be its interim mayor. As a response, people “wanted to blow” him up.

Ivaschenko was appointed the mayor of the Azov Sea port on April 6 by Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushilin, so he was not necessarily the public’s favorite. But as bombardment and close attacks continued to happen around the region, the locals were growing tired of the “fake government” and initiated their plan of action. Though it failed, it shows the level of unrest within Russian-occupied cities and towns. Russia has seized multiple towns, including the Donbas region of Luhansk.

The assassination attempt on Ivaschenko when he visited the zoo. A device was allegedly placed at the entrance, and the bomb would be triggered as soon as Ivaschenko entered the gate. The attempt was reported via Telegram on Russian state TV, saying, “an explosive device was planted at the entrance of Mariupol Zoo, and went off at the moment the official arrived.” The announcement added that Ivaschenko was not injured.

After the event, an aide to the city’s Ukrainian mayor Vadym Boychenko, Petro Andryushchenko, released a statement somewhat claiming the attack.