Ukraine Crisis

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s Mayor Shot in Back, ‘Fighting for his Life’

KIEV, Ukraine -- The mayor of an eastern Ukrainian city has been shot and wounded amid separatist unrest, his office says.

The office of Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv, said Monday he has been wounded with a gunshot to his back. It said he is now undergoing surgery and "doctors are fighting for his life."

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Kharkiv is part of the region in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian gunmen have either seized government buildings or staged protests to demand greater autonomy or outright annexation by Russia.

Kernes first held a pro-Russian stance, but later changed to position himself as largely loyal to the Kiev government.

- The Associated Press