Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces shelled Russian positions in the occupied and illegally annexed southern region of Kherson, targeting supply routes across major rivers, one of the first urban areas Russia occupied after its invasion of the country. approached Friday for a full attack on the
Russian-installed officials desperately sought to turn the city of Kherson, a prime objective for both sides, into a fortress for major industry and a major river and sea port, while trying to evacuate tens of thousands of its inhabitants. reportedly tried.
According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Kremlin has sent as many as 2,000 conscripts to the Kherson region. This is his one of four Moscows that have been illegally annexed and placed under Russian martial law.
The Dnieper stands out in regional battles because it performs an important function. It’s a crossroads for supplies, military, and civilians. Drinking water in Crimea annexed to southern Ukraine. Power generation from a hydroelectric power plant. Much of the area is under Russian control, including power plants and canals that supply water to Crimea.
Kherson-based officials in the Kremlin said two journalists working for a local television station set up under the occupation were killed in Ukrainian military shelling of a Dnieper ferry. At least two others of him were killed and 10 of his relatives were injured, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.
Natalia Khmeniuk, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Southern Operations Command, confirmed that Ukrainian forces had attacked the Antonivsky bridge near the crossroads, but it was only by authorities set up by Russia to avoid civilian casualties. It was only when we issued a curfew for the night.
“We do not attack civilians or settlements,” Khmeniuk told Ukrainian television.
A previous Ukrainian strike had rendered the Antonivsky Bridge unusable, and Russian authorities began relocating civilians at Kherson, located on the west bank of the Dnieper, to transport supplies to the Russian army, along with ferry crossings. A pontoon bridge is now installed.
Russian-installed officials are trying to safely evacuate up to 60,000 people from Kherson so the army can build a fortress. The Ukrainian military reported Friday that bankers, health workers and teachers had been relocated as the city’s infrastructure collapsed.
“The situation is really difficult,” Kirill Stremsov, deputy head of the local administration installed in the Kremlin in Kherson, said in a video posted to Telegram. “Today we are preparing the city of Kherson as a fortress for defense and are ready to defend it to the end. Our task is to save people, build defenses and protect the city. .”
The city of Kherson, with a pre-war population of about 284,000, was one of the first urban areas occupied during the Russian invasion of Ukraine and is still the largest city today.
Another flashpoint on the Dnieper is the Kakhovka Dam, which forms a large reservoir and associated hydroelectric power station, located about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from the city of Kherson. Both sides have accused the other of targeting the facility. Russian-installed officials say Ukrainian forces attacked the facility to cut off water supplies to Crimea.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia would blow up dams and power plants to release 18 million cubic meters (4.8 billion gallons) of water, killing Kherson and dozens of other areas where hundreds of thousands of people live. insists on Russia’s plan to flood the He told the European Council on Thursday that Russia would blame Ukraine.
None of the claims could be independently verified.
Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine last month in defiance of international law. Putin declared martial law in the region as of Thursday to assert Russia’s authority in the face of military setbacks and strong international criticism.
In the Donetsk region, two people were killed in a Russian shelling of the city of Bakhmut, said Pavlo Kirilenko, the Ukrainian governor of the region. The Russians have not been able to march towards the city for over a month.
Nine people were injured in two attacks by Russia in the capital of the recently reclaimed Kharkov region in eastern Ukraine, according to Governor Olev Sinievbov. A Russian S-300 missile attack on him in the city of Zaporizhia on Friday injured three people and damaged houses, schools and infrastructure, according to Ukrainian officials.
“We will not scare anyone with each blow.
In a clear effort to keep hostilities from spiraling out of control, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin held his first telephone call since May 13 with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu on Friday. US effort to set up the call.
The deployment of Russian aircraft and troops to Belarusian air bases has sparked another front-line specter on Ukraine’s northern border, but Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday: , then there will be no war.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has warned that Belarus may strike to cut off Western arms and equipment supply routes. have a nature.
While the prospects for peace look slim, the Kremlin insisted on Friday that Putin had been open to negotiations “from the beginning” and that “nothing has changed.” Even before a special military operation ”- Russian against the war in Ukraine.
Peskov said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said the Russian leader appeared to be “much softer and more open to negotiations”.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Putin’s war had backfired.
“Putin believes that these attacks will somehow crush the will of the Ukrainian people. Instead, he is only deepening their resolve to defend their country,” Blinken told reporters on Friday. told the group.
“Moscow can turn off the lights of all of Ukraine, but it cannot and will not turn off the Ukrainian spirit. Putin thought he could divide the Transatlantic Alliance. It brought us even closer.”
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