As has happened so many times since the beginning of the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the east of the country, Russia has multiplied its attacks, punctual and above all by air, in the face of a new push by kyiv troops in the city of Kherson, in the south of the country. , the last major city still under Russian control. This Sunday, the city has been left without electricity while residents are being evacuated by order of local authorities to safer areas.
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“We are gradually taking up the initiative, which in September was in the hands of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who were attacking and looking for our weak points,” Russian military expert Vladislav Shurigin said on Sunday in statements to local television reported by EFE. According to the analyst, in the last two weeks, the situation has turned around and in a few weeks the Russian troops will start a new offensive: “We are punctually counterattacking. Ukrainians are forced to defend themselves and look for ways out of this situation.”
The main fighting points in the east, both sides acknowledge, are the cities of Bakhmut and Soledar. Bakhmut is so important [para los rusos], because they need some success. Hence, they have increased the number of attacks several times,” acknowledged Pavlo Kirilenko, the head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, who claims that Kremlin troops are using different types of weapons, including drones.
In parallel, Russia continues to attack infrastructure. In Bakhmut, which before the war had 70,000 inhabitants, “destructions take place every day, if not every hour,” according to Kirilenko, who also reported fighting in Avdiivka and Toretsk.”
Power outages and evacuations in Kherson
Although the disparate information makes it difficult to know with certainty what is happening in Kherson, everything indicates that the advances of the Ukrainian troops on the city are real. This week, a pro-Russian leader admitted a withdrawal of Kremlin soldiers there was likely, though kyiv is wary of such claims.
This Sunday, the authorities designated by Russia in that region, which it took at the beginning of the invasion, have assured that Ukraine concentrates a large number of tanks near the capital, prepared for an imminent offensive. “They concentrate more and more equipment. Many armored vehicles and tanks arrive, ”the pro-Russian deputy governor, Kiril Stremoúsov, wrote on Telegram, in a message in which he confirmed that the evacuation of civilians from the city continues.
The pro-Russian authorities in Kherson ordered in October the evacuation of some 80,000 citizens from the right bank to the left bank of the Dnieper River in the face of the approach of Ukrainian forces, and two weeks ago they included the provincial capital. This week they also extended the measure to the left bank of the Dnieper to remove up to 70,000 people from there.
While the exchange of information on that front is taking place, the pro-Russians have reported that the city has been left without electricity this Sunday. “There is no light in the whole city. We are waiting for information,” said a spokesman for the energy company JersonOblEnergo. According to the local emergency services, the electrical networks have been damaged by “attacks committed by Ukrainian sabotage groups”.
kyiv does not rule out a mass evacuation
As reported this Sunday by the American newspaper The New York Times, the authorities of the Ukrainian capital have begun planning a total evacuation of its population, estimated at about 3 million inhabitants, in the event that the bombings continue and a blackout occurs. total.
Those responsible for the city are currently working to maintain an electrical network seriously damaged by Russian missiles, according to the American newspaper, which ensures that the current situation is already very serious, with 40% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure damaged or destroyed. .
Therefore, according to the newspaper, municipal workers are installing a thousand heated shelters that can function as bunkers while engineers try to repair power plants hit by the Russians.