The head of the military administration deployed by Russia to the occupied southern Ukrainian region of Kherson, Volodymyr Saldo, is in an artificial coma in an intensive care unit in Moscow with symptoms of poisoning. “Today he flew in an artificial coma on a special plane from Crimea to Moscow,” Russian Telegram channel Baza reported on Saturday. His condition is considered critical and poisoning is mentioned as a possible cause.
Saldo, 66, was born in Ukraine and was already politically active before the Russian invasion. He was mayor of Kherson from 2002 to 2012, after which he sat in parliament for ex-president Viktor Yanukovych’s party until 2014. In 2015, he lost the election for mayor of Kherson. Shortly after the occupation of large parts of southern Ukraine, Saldo was appointed by the Russians as head of the military administration in Kherson.
Health deteriorated quickly
Balance is in the Moscow Sklifosovsky Institute of Emergency Medicine – a special clinic that also specializes in poisoning. He was initially hospitalized with suspected heart attack and stroke, but the suspicion was not confirmed. Instead, the doctors expressed the suspicion that he had been poisoned. His health rapidly deteriorated over time, leaving him in a coma.
Balance is considered one of the main targets of Ukrainian partisan activity, which has increased in southern Ukraine in recent weeks. An attack on a local official of the occupation authorities was announced on Saturday.