Astra: Russia-installed ‘government official’ Alexey Kovalev killed in Ukraine’s Kherson region

Alexey Kovalev, former Ukrainian MP who used to represent Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People party and who took Russia’s side during the war, was found dead in the Kherson region. Kovalev was appointed deputy chief for agriculture of the occupation “government” of the Kherson region in July. His death was reported by Serhii Khlan, an advisor to the Kherson regional governor.

Alexey Kovalev/photo from Andrey Tsaplienko’s Telegram channel

Alexey Kovalev/photo from Andrey Tsaplienko’s Telegram channel

“It is reported that ex-people’s deputy and traitor Alexey Kovalev was killed in Zaliznyi Port. The information needs to be verified, however, notably, the propagandist media also reported on their minister’s death, although they deleted it immediately,” Khlan said on Facebook.

Baza Telegram channel reports that Kovalev’s body with a gunshot wound to the head was discovered by his mother. According to the Telegram channel, unknown perpetrators also stabbed a 38-year-old woman who was with Kovalev in the neck. She was taken to a hospital.

ASTRA reports that Kovalev was killed in his house in the city of Hola Prystan.

“A pump shotgun Mossberg, registered in Alexey Kovalev’s name, was found on the scene. He died on the spot. It is unclear who shot him,” the media outlet writes.

The so-called “government” of the Kherson region has not commented on the reports of Kovalev’s death yet.

On 5 August, Volodymyr Saldo, the “head” of Ukraine’s Kherson region appointed by Russian occupying forces, was hospitalised, allegedly with “COVID complications”. The man was evacuated to Moscow for treatment. Baza and Mash Telegram channels reported that Saldo was in the ICU at the toxicology department of the Sklifosovsky Research Institute for Emergency Medicine. According to the channels, Saldo’s suspected diagnoses are: “poisoning by unknown substance” and “encephalopathy of unknown origin”.

It was later reported that Vitaly Gura, a member of Russia’s occupation administration in Nova Kakhovka, had been attacked by unknown perpetrators. He died in hospital from “numerous gunshot wounds”.

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