A pro-Moscow source claimed on Saturday that Ukrainian attackers shot and critically injured a judge who had sentenced three foreigners to death in June in an area of eastern Ukraine under Russian authority.
Alexander Nikulin was hurt late on Friday in the village of Vuhlehirsk, which is located to the northeast of the city of Donetsk, according to Denis Pushilin, the administrator of the Russian-controlled portions of the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
“The Ukrainian regime continues to display its vile terrorist methods,” Pushilin wrote on Telegram.
He stated that Nikulin’s condition was determined by doctors to be serious but stable.
Two Britons and a Moroccan who had been caught while fighting for Ukraine were given the death penalty by Nikulin in June after it was determined that they had attempted to topple the local government.
The three men were released in September as part of a significant prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia, which Pushilin referred to as releasing “Nazi war criminals.”
Several Russian-installed officials have recently been slain and hurt in what appear to be assassination attempts.