After the liberation by Ukrainian troops of the northern third of the region of Kherson, Russia has begun to fortify the neighboring peninsula of crimeaannexed by the Kremlin in 2014, fearing a further advance by kyiv forces on the southern front.
Ukrainian artillery is already firing daily on the left bank of the river dnieperwhere the Russian Army withdrew after losing all territory on the right bank, including the regional capital of Khersonin order to damage the Russian positions.
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According to the spokeswoman for the Southern Command of Ukraine, Nataliya Gumenyuk, said on Tuesday, Russian troops have had to retreat between 15 and 20 kilometers on the left bank due to pressure from kyiv forces.
RUSSIA FEARS FOR THE FATE OF THE CRIMEA
The possibility that the Ukrainian Army forces the Dnieper and recaptures the entire region of Kherson is a matter of great concern for the Russian military command, since it would have a clear path to try to break into crimea.
The head of the Executive of the annexed Ukrainian peninsula, Sergei Aksionov, announced this Friday that fortifications are being built in crimea to ensure the safety of its inhabitants.
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“The measures of the Russian Armed Forces and law enforcement, taken on behalf of the president (Vladimir Putin) are enough to make Crimeans feel safe,” Aksionov said in a video posted on Telegram.
However, he admitted that additional “fortification works to ensure the safety of Crimeans” are carried out under his direct supervision.
Aksionov stressed that the main measures for the safety of crimea should be adopted in the neighboring region of Kherson.
The authorities installed by Moscow in Khersonannexed by Russia together with the Zaporizhia region and the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics on September 30, ordered the evacuation of the civilian population from a 15-kilometer-wide strip along the shore at the beginning of the month. left of the river.
The measure was decreed before, a week ago, the Russian troops withdrew from the city of Kherson and from the northern third of the homonymous region.
FIRST TRAIN FROM kyiv TO KHERSON IN OVER EIGHT MONTHS
Ukraine is now immersed in “stabilization measures” to finish assuming political, military, police, economic and social control of the liberated territory.
This Friday Ukrainian Railways, Ukrazaliznytsia, decided to resume train traffic from kyiv bound for Kherson.
The first train, which will carry 200 passengers and whose wagons were decorated by Ukrainian painters, will leave kyiv at 10:14 p.m. local time (20:14 GMT) and its arrival at Kherson It is scheduled for Saturday at 09:00 (07:00 GMT).
Rail communication between the two cities will be regular: on even days the train will depart from kyiv and on odd days from Kherson.
Meanwhile, fighting has intensified on other fronts, especially in Donbas.
Ukrainian forces launched an offensive in the direction of the town of Chervonopopovka, in the Lugansk region, but it was repelled, the Russian Defense Ministry reported today.
“As a result of concentrated fire from Russian artillery, enemy units halted their advance and dispersed,” Defense spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said in his daily war report.
According to the soldier, at least 40 members of the Ukrainian Army died in that action, which also lost two artillery cars and two armored vehicles.
ARTILLERY AND FLAME THROUGH TO REPULSE UKRAINIAN ATTACK
Next to the towns of Yagodne (Kharkov region) and Kuzemovka (Lugansk region) the Russian forces destroyed two separate attacks by Ukrainian troops with artillery fire and heavy flamethrowers.
“More than 50 Ukrainian soldiers died and two tanks and five armored vehicles were destroyed,” Konashenkov said.
The general stated that Russian troops took control of the town of Opytne, located on the outskirts of Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed people’s republic of the same name.
“The enemy unsuccessfully tries to counterattack together with the towns of Sladkoe, Vladimirovka and Pavlovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic in order to stop the advance of Russian troops,” he said.
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