Russian forces occupying the Ukrainian city of Kherson opened fire on peaceful protesters, authorities in Kiev said Monday.
“Russian security forces rushed in, started throwing stun grenades into the crowd and firing,” the Ukrainian Armed Forces Press Service said in a statement.
Alleged footage of the scene shows protesters running amid the sound of automatic gunfire. Small explosions, possibly concussion grenades, can be seen around the dozen protesters.
“This is the ugly face of Russia, a disgrace to humanity,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba tweeted over a video from the scene.
At least one video shows an injured and bleeding protester. Ukrainian armed forces said at least one person was injured in the incident, but it is unclear how they were injured.
Kherson, a southern city just north of the Crimean peninsula, was the first major city to fall to Russian forces since the Kremlin invasion began last month. Peaceful protests against the occupation authorities have been the order of the day in recent weeks.
With Post wires