A car bomb had exploded at an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, killing at least three people and wounding dozens more, officials said.
“On May 30, 2022, while delivering humanitarian aid, an explosion occurred near a residential building in the center of Melitopol, which was organized by Ukrainian saboteurs,” the Russian Investigative Committee said on its website.
According to preliminary information, three people were injured in the incident, the committee said.
The exiled mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, also described the blast in a separate statement, adding that it happened near a building belonging to the head of the Russian-appointed administration.
He said it was possible the blast was the work of local resistance because city residents continued to protest against the occupation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had earlier on Monday condemned the bombing, saying attacks on civilian infrastructure in Russia’s occupied territories were “offensive”.
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