War in Ukraine: Russian troops appear to open fire on peaceful protesters in Kherson | world news

Russian troops have been accused of using stun grenades and firing rifles to disperse a collection of pro-Ukrainian protesters in Kherson, with CCTV footage showing people fleeing as military vehicles advance.

Amid clouds of smoke, loud bangs and gunshots can be heard.

“Russian security forces came running, started throwing stun grenades into the crowd and firing,” police said Ukrainian The press service of the armed forces said in a statement.

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Kherson residents flee under gunfire

It said at least one person was injured, but it’s unclear how they got their injuries.

The video shows how some protesters return to the square.

A man in a black hat sauntered back, stopped across the street from Russian troops and stood there alone, with a small Ukrainian flag over his head.

Financial Times journalist Max Seddon tweeted about the incident, saying: “Russian troops opened fire on a peaceful crowd in Kherson, where protests have been frequent since they captured it.

Map showing areas controlled by Russia as of March 21, 2022
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Map shows Russia-controlled areas as of March 21, 2022

“It appears they also used flash grenades. There are reports (and videos) of civilians being injured.”

And Wall Street Journal Yaroslav Trofimov tweeted a video purporting to show people injured by the gunshots.

These videos have not been verified by Sky News.

On Sunday, a video seen by Reuters showed dozens of protesters, some clad in Ukraine’s blue and yellow flags, chanting “Go home” in Russian at two military vehicles bearing Russian markings.

The city of Kherson, a regional capital of about 250,000 inhabitants, was the first major urban center to fall to Russian troops after they invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Protesters confront Russian military vehicles in Kherson
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Protesters confront Russian military vehicles in Kherson on Sunday

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Since then, groups of residents have held regular demonstrations against the occupation and expressed support for the government in Kiev by waving Ukrainian flags.

Earlier this month, Ukrainian authorities said members of the Russian National Guard had detained more than 400 people in the Kherson region as they protested the occupation.

It accused Russia of trying to create a police state there.

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