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Ukrainian Mayor Involved In Shooting Incident


DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine -- Officials in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk are investigating a shooting incident involving a local mayor, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The Interior Ministry spokesman in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast told RFE/RL that Ternivky Mayor Evhen Bondar is suspected of shooting and wounding a man near the Vovchoi River on June 20.

Dmytro Lymarenko, 22, told journalists that he was struck by one bullet when Bondar shot at him several times. He said Bondar was shooting at empty bottles along the river and shot at him after he asked the mayor to stop making noise.

But police insist a group of drunken young men were insulting Bondar and his family while they laid on the beach and Bondar fired in self-defense.

Officials have 10 days to decide if a criminal case should be opened in the incident.
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