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Kharkiv Mayor Regains Consciousness After Attack

Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes has reportedly regained consciousness at a hospital in Israel where he has undergone surgery since being shot by an unknown assailant on April 28.

Kharkiv City Council spokesman Yury Sydorenko said Kernes' son sent word about the improvement in the mayor's condition.

Kernes was shot while he was jogging and brought to a local hospital where doctors operated on him and put him into a medically induced coma.

Kernes was taken to a hospital in Haifa, Israel on April 29 where he underwent two more operations.

Kernes first held a pro-Russian stance, but later changed to position himself as largely loyal to the pro-Western government in Kyiv.
Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax