Ukraine: Dozens of Russian soldiers killed in Kherson, according to Kyiv

Ukraine: Dozens of Russian soldiers killed in Kherson, according to Kyiv

by Max Hunder and Pavel Polityuk

ODESSA/KYIV, UKRAINE (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Saturday it killed dozens of Russian soldiers and destroyed two ammunition depots in fighting in the Kherson region, the center of Kyiv’s counteroffensive in the south and key area of ​​Moscow supply lines.

Rail traffic to Kherson on the Dnipro River has been disrupted, according to the Southern Military Command, which could further isolate Russian forces west of the river from supplies from occupied Crimea and the east.

In recent weeks, Ukraine has used long-range missile systems supplied by the West to severely damage three bridges over the Dnipro, isolating the city of Kherson and, according to British defense officials, leaving the Russian army stationed on the west bank of the river.

Ukraine’s Southern Command said in a statement that more than 100 Russian soldiers were killed and seven tanks were destroyed in Friday’s fighting in the Kherson region, the first major city taken by the Russians after the February 24 invasion. .

The first deputy head of the Kherson regional council, Yuri Sobolevsky, asked residents not to approach Russian ammunition depots. “The Ukrainian army is unleashed on the Russians and this is only the beginning,” he wrote on the Telegram app.

The pro-Ukrainian governor of the Kherson region, Dmytro Butriy, said the Berislav district was particularly affected. Berislav is located across the river, northwest of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. “In some villages, not a single house has remained intact, all infrastructure has been destroyed, people live in cellars,” he wrote on Telegram.

Reuters could not independently verify this information. Earlier this week, officials from the administration appointed by Russia to lead the Kherson region dismissed Western and Ukrainian assessments of the situation.

The British Ministry of Defense further said on Saturday that Russia had probably set up two pontoon bridges and a ferry system to compensate for bridges damaged by Ukrainian strikes.

Russian-installed authorities in occupied southern Ukraine may be preparing to hold referendums on joining Russia later this year and “likely to coerce people into divulging personal information.” in order to constitute voting lists,” he added.

(French version Benjamin Mallet)

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