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Minister: Russian drone attacks police car near Vovchansk, kills officer

by Martin Fornusek May 22, 2024 3:37 PM 1 min read
An aerial view of the town of Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast, on May 20, 2024. (Libkos/Getty Images)
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Russian forces launched a drone at a police car during evacuation efforts near Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast, killing one officer and injuring another, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said on May 22.

The town has become a focus of Russia's new offensive into Kharkiv Oblast launched earlier in May.

The vehicle was hit by a first-person-view (FPV) drone as the two policers inside it were heading to help evacuate civilians, the minister said.

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A video of a Ukrainian police car being hit by a Russian FPV drone near Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast. Video published on May 22, 2024. (Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko/Telegram)

As evacuations from the embattled settlement are ongoing, Ukrainian officials reported several cases of Russian troops shooting at civilians.

According to Klymenko, Russian drones are constantly circling the area, presenting a danger to police teams.

"But the police continue to take people out from the shelled areas," Klymenko said on his Telegram channel.

"This self-sacrifice must always be remembered."

Police: Russian forces shooting civilians in Vovchansk
Speaking on air to KYIV24 on May 22, Oleksii Kharkivskyi, the town’s police chief, said there had been “several” incidents and investigations were “ongoing.”
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