Blasts rock occupied Melitopol and Berdyansk

25 September 2022, 03:46 PM
A car exploded in the center of Berdyansk (Photo:Berdyansk now)

A car exploded in the center of Berdyansk (Photo:Berdyansk now)

Two almost simultaneous explosions were heard in Russia-occupied Berdyansk and Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Berdyansk City Council said in a Telegram post on Sept. 25.

“Blasts were heard in Berdyansk and Melitopol, virtually at the same time,” the message said.

“The Berdyansk explosion occurred around the city center.”

Russian state media later confirmed the report, saying the explosion in Berdyansk was near the military conscription office.

Local reports from the ground suggest a car bomb went off next to Berdyansk city hall.

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Ukrainian TV reporter Andriy Tsaplienko said the explosion occurred opposite a “voting” site Russia was planning to open for the ongoing pseudo-referendum. Nearby area is currently in lockdown.

Russia is staging a sham “vote” across occupied areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts on Sept. 23-28, hoping to legitimize their subsequent annexation.

Russian media reported Russian dictator Vladimir Putin might address the Russian parliament on Sept. 30, formally including the currently occupied Ukrainian lands into the Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to liberate occupied areas in Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk and Kherson oblasts.

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