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 shot and died,” the Russian intelligence service said on its Telegram account.

“An attack was perpetrated at his home on August 28. A young woman who lived with the deceased was also a victim of the criminals,” added the Committee for Major Criminal Cases in Russia, without giving further details.

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

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

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

Most of the Kherson region and part of the Zaporizhia region have been 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 inhabitants to obtain Russian passports.

Michael A. Bynum