Russian-installed authorities have ordered the evacuation of Kherson, a southern Ukrainian city. This was amid fears of a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
Telegram: Authorities urged Kherson civilians to evacuate the city immediately, citing the “tense” situation and increased risk of being shelled.
Many thousands of people have crossed the Dnipro River over the past few days, but the Russian authorities have issued a warning. This is a significant development.
Residents were advised to cross the river by boat to reach Russia-held territory.
The capital of the region with the same name is the city. It was annexed illegally by Russia last month following referendums that were deemed a “sham”.
Because of its significant river and seaport, the city is strategic and important.
This warning is issued as Ukrainian forces move along the west bank Dnipro River in an attempt to capture the city.
Ukrainian forces attacked Russian positions in the province on Friday. They are now closer to an assault on Moscow’s capital, as they target resupply routes.
The UK’s Ministry of Defence stated that Russian forces continue to strengthen crossing points across the Dnipro River at Ukraine but are under increasing pressure in Kherson.
All ministries and departments of the Russian-installed Administration in Kherson were also told to leave.
Russian commander General Sergei Surovikin stated this week that the situation in Kherson is “already difficult” but that Russia “is not ruling out difficult decisions there.”
The Russian defense ministry stated that its forces had defeated a Ukrainian attempt at breaking through its control in the Kherson region. These claims were not independently verified by Reuters.
During the counteroffensive, Ukrainian forces captured a number villages.
Russia continues to strike at critical infrastructure in Ukraine with missiles. According to Ukraine’s air force, several areas have been affected by strikes on energy facilities or power outages.
“More Than a Million” without power
According to the command of the force, 33 missiles were fired at Ukraine Saturday morning. 18 of them were destroyed.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, presidential adviser, stated that more than one million people in Ukraine are without power as of Saturday afternoon. 672,000 were located in the western region Khmelnytskyi.
Russia has intensified its attacks on key infrastructure, including water supply systems, power stations and water distribution networks, over the last two weeks.
Ukrainians are urged to conserve energy by the state energy company Ukrenergo
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president, urged consumers to reduce their power consumption between 7am-11am every day.