The mayor of Ukraine’s second largest city was shot in the back Monday and was rushed to a hospital where he is “fighting for his life,” a Kharkov City Council stated on its website. Different sources reported that the mayor was swimming, cycling or jogging when he was shot from a nearby forest.

Kharkov has been relatively unaffected by the turmoil in the country since the Russian takeover of Crimea. The mayor, Gennady Kernes, was a former supported of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

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