• Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Russian troops take control of key Ukrainian city

According to the mayor, Russian forces have taken control of an important port city in southern Ukraine.

Since Russia invaded a week ago, Kherson is the first large city to be seized by Russia after intense warfare.

Russian military had forced their way into the municipal council building and imposed a curfew on inhabitants, according to its mayor, Igor Kolykhaev.

Several cities have been shelled heavily, with Wednesday proving to be one of the most catastrophic days of the conflict.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has opened an investigation into suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated in Ukraine.

For the first time, Russia has confirmed that its war on Ukraine resulted in substantial military deaths, with 498 personnel dead and 1,597 injured. Ukraine claims that Russia has suffered tens of thousands of casualties.

Since the invasion began last Thursday, Ukraine reports that over 2,000 civilians have died. According to the United Nations, the fighting has forced over a million people to escape Ukraine.

Mr Kolykhaev claimed possession of Kherson, a port on Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coast with a population of about 280,000 people, in a Facebook post.

He asked Russian soldiers not to fire at residents, claiming that the city was devoid of Ukrainian military.

Mr. Kolykhaev urged citizens to abide with Russian-imposed requirements in order to “keep the Ukrainian flag flying.” These are some of them:

Keeping a rigorous curfew between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00
Going out in groups of no more than two
Only cars bringing food, medicine, and other supplies are allowed to enter the city, and they must drive at a moderate speed.
“The (Russian) occupants are in every section of the city and are extremely dangerous,” Gennady Lakhuta, the regional administration’s chairman, was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

The capture of Kherson, which is located on the banks of the Dnieper River near where it empties into the Black Sea, is significant because it could allow Russia to establish a military base there as it moves farther inland.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, was subjected to a devastating aircraft bombardment. Shelling and cruise missile strikes were targeting residential neighborhoods, according to the mayor, resulting in serious civilian casualties.

Hundreds of people are said to have died in Mariupol, Ukraine’s southern port, after hours of continuous shelling.

However, Russian efforts to encircle Kyiv’s capital have halted, with one US official claiming that a massive Russian convoy to the city’s north barely moved all day on Wednesday.

Large explosions were heard overnight into Thursday in the capital, with images showing a massive flame lighting up the night sky.

According to Ukrainian media, four blasts were reported in the city center, near the Friendship of the Peoples metro station.

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