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Mayor: Explosion reported near Russian-occupied Melitopol

by The Kyiv Independent news desk July 9, 2023 8:28 PM 1 min read
Russian soldiers patrol a street in occupied Melitopol on May 1, 2022. (Getty Images)
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A loud explosion has been heard in the village of Zarichne near the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, exiled Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov reported on July 9.

The explosion allegedly happened in a hangar that has been turned into a Russian military base.

Melitopol, which had a pre-war population of about 150,000 people, was occupied shortly after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

It serves as a railway hub for the Russian army in southern Ukraine to move military equipment.

Melitopol is also a part of the land bridge that connects Russia to the Crimean peninsula, illegally annexed by Russia in 2014.

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