At least 70,000 civilians evacuated by the pro-Russian authorities await the attack on Kiev
Kherson prepares for battle at a crucial stage in the war between Ukraine and Russia. At least 70,000 civilians have been evacuated by the pro-Russian authorities and who have crossed the Dnipro River in view of the planned battle with the Kiev army. This was reported by the commander of the Russian militia Alexander Khodakovsky, adding that “preparations are underway for the defense of Kherson. We are taking the civilian population out, thus untying our hands”.
Russia has sent up to 1,000 troops to the west bank of the Dnipro River in an attempt to defend the city. The Ukrainian armed forces wrote on Facebook, stating that the pro-Russian authorities of the region “have moved civilians and equipment to the eastern bank of the river, while the enemy has strengthened its presence on the right bank with an additional 1,000 military units to prepare for the planned battle for Kherson “.
Ukraine’s southern Kherson region is one of four annexed by Vladimir Putin last month, despite Russia not having total control. The city of Kherson was captured shortly after the Russian invasion last February, but Ukrainian forces have steadily recaptured territory on the west bank of the Dnipro in recent weeks.
Settled officials from Russia have warned of an upcoming assault on the regional capital. However, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov described the counter-offensive as really difficult due to the rough terrain and rainy weather making the use of wheeled combat vehicles more complex.
Meanwhile, the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov admits losses among his units, speaks in an unusual way of fallen following a bombing of Ukrainian artillery. “23 fighters have died and 58 were injured,” he wrote on Twitter. Ukrainian sources, reports the Dpa agency, had reported in recent days that in the Kherson region a Chechen unit would have revealed its position with photos disseminated on social media and would thus have been identified and hit by artillery fire.