The Russian news agency RIA Novosti said that Ukrainian forces were “carrying out intense artillery shelling in the area of the town of Oleshki” in Kherson.
Oleshki is located on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, eight kilometers (five miles) from the city of Kherson, which lies on the opposite bank and was recently recaptured by Ukrainian forces.
RIA Novosti’s correspondent on the ground reported that explosions were heard in the town, including “heavy machine gun fire.”
“They attack constantly day and night, you see, the forest is burning on the outskirts,” an employee of a gas station told RIA Novosti.
The agency stated that cellular communications are not working in the city, while shops and the market are closed.
The spokesman for the regional administration in Odessa, Serhiy Prachuk, said that there were strikes targeting Russian military facilities in Hola Pristan and Hornostaevka, two towns on the opposite bank of the river from the city of Kherson. Prachuk said there were casualties.
In its evening update, the Ukrainian General Staff said that the Russians had bombed a number of settlements located within a few miles of the river banks.
There are also reports of heavy fighting in the Donetsk region, where the General Staff says Russian forces were conducting offensive operations in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlevka directions.