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On Saturday, the Ukrainian army claimed to have killed a large number of Russian soldiers and destroyed two ammunition depots in the fighting in the Kherson region.
The Kherson region is the center of the Kyiv counter-offensive in the south and an essential part of Moscow’s supply lines. It was the first major city to be captured by the Russians after beginning their war in late February.
Ukraine’s Southern Command said more than 100 Russian fighters were killed and seven tanks were destroyed during Friday’s fighting in the Kherson region.
The first deputy head of the Kherson Regional Council, Yuri Sobolevsky, asked residents of the region to stay away from Russian ammunition depots.
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“The Ukrainian army is pouring in against the Russians and this is only the beginning,” Sobolevsky wrote on Telegram.
Kherson region governor Dmytro Putri said the Pereslav region, which lies across the river northwest of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, was particularly affected.
“In some villages, no house has been left intact, all infrastructure has been destroyed, and people are living in basements,” he wrote on Telegram.
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Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in a tweet on Twitter that Russian forces likely installed two pontoon bridges and a ferry system in the Kherson region in response to nearby bridges damaged in recent strikes.
Ukraine’s Southern Command said rail traffic to Kherson via the Dnipro River has been cut off, potentially further isolating the Russian army west of the river from accessing supplies in Crimea and the east.
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Ukraine has used long-range missile systems provided by the West to damage three bridges across the Dnipro River in recent weeks, cutting off the Kherson region.
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“As a result of the fire that imposed control of the main transport lines in the occupied territories, the passage through the railway bridge crossing the Dnipro River was not possible,” the Southern Command of Ukraine said in a statement.
Reuters contributed to this report.