Based on a video of the aftermath, the body of the car was crushed and charred and pieces of the car were scattered all over the street. According to one report, some parts were scattered as far as 200 meters away from the explosion.
The security services of Ukraine are not yet commenting on the incident, but the police have reportedly begun a criminal investigation under Article 258 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine which deals with an “act of terrorism.”
They are correct. Russia has engaged in a campaign to spread fear and lies in Kherson oblast since at least late December. In addition to a propaganda campaign that continues to insist that ethnic/religious conflict in the region is imminent, there has been terrorist activity. In February, there was a grenade attack on the local HQ of the Crimean Tatars. Last month the Ukrainian security services shut down a terrorist cell targeting Kherson that was reportedly prepared by Russia, coordinated by the Russian proxy “The Luhansk People’s Republic” and was planning attacks on a prison and a mosque in Kherson Oblast.
Russian propaganda has been actively spreading this and other disinformation about Kherson. Last week Russian propaganda featured a forged document that purports to be a draft Russian plan to turn Kherson Oblast into an autonomous area for Muslims, and flood it with Turks from Central Asia and Türkiye. The Majles representative for Kherson Ibrahim Suleimanov recently decried the amount of Russian fakes targeting Crimean Tatars in Kherson, and the tendency of some journalists to talk about Russian fakes without pointing to their purpose: to stir up ethnic tensions. “There is a kind of journalist who simultaneously raise the subject, except that he won’t name it as “stirring up ethnic hatred.” ..For example, the (idea that the) Crimean Tatars will seize the Kherson region. This has appeared in separatists sources. It takes two or three days, and journalists quickly pick this subject and start posting about it with a different interpretation.”