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Russian soldiers forcing Kherson residents out of homes, moving in themselves, dig in for urban war

Reports suggest that Russia constituted authorities in Kherson to urge civilians to flee the city which runs along the Dnieper River and has been cut off from basic amenities, including supplies and food. 

Russia Ukraine war began late February 2022 and shows no possible sign of an end. (Image: AP)

By India Today Web Desk: The Russia-Ukraine war, which began on February 24 2022, shows no signs of an end. In the latest development, Kremlin forces are forcing civilians out of their residences in the Kherson region of the war-ravaged country. In fact, Vladimir Putin’s forces are doing so to move in themselves, news agency AP reported.

The development comes as Kherson, a southern Ukrainian city, has translated into an epicentre of missile offensives, airstrikes and bombings, allegedly led by Moscow. Reports suggest that Russia constituted authorities in Kherson to urge civilians to flee the city which runs along the Dnieper River and has been cut off from basic amenities, including supplies and food.

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One of the officials of the Kremlin-appointed administration, however, has said that Russian forces may withdraw from the city soon, dubbing the act as one to encourage ‘evacuation’. On the other hand, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that Russians were pulling out of the city to lure Ukrainian forces into an entrenched face-off. He also said that the attempts to move deeper into Russian-annexed territory were ‘theatre’.

“They’re forcing city residents to evacuate, and then Russian soldiers move into freed-up apartments across all of Kherson,” AP quoted a resident as saying.

“It is obvious that they are preparing for fighting the Ukrainian army in the city,” the resident said.

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Hospitals and clinics were not serving patients in Kherson, where residents also reported problems with food supplies.

“There are almost no deliveries of food into the city, the residents are using their own stocks and are queuing to the few shops that are still open,” Konstantin said.

Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov told the AP that as part of its counteroffensive to reclaim the Kherson region, the Ukrainian army cut off the western bank of the Dnieper from supplies of weapons and food by shelling main transportation routes and ruining bridges across the river.

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Kherson city was under the control of Putin’s forces soon after the war broke out in February. In September, Vladimir Putin signed a memorandum declaring the Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions as its own. The move was heavily criticised.

In a key development, the commander of Ukraine’s armed forces, Valeriy Zaluzhny, said Russian forces had “tripled the intensity of hostilities on certain areas of the front” and were carrying out “up to 80 attacks every day.” President Zelenskyy’s office said at least nine civilians were killed and 16 wounded by attacks in Ukraine on Friday.

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Friday that there was still a steady stream of volunteers wanting to join the Russian military, with 318,000 people already mobilized. Authorities previously said the goal was to mobilize some 300,000 reservists.

On the other hand, Putin reportedly said that 49,000 were already in the army on combat missions, while the rest were still being trained. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that 87,000 were deployed to Ukraine. The discrepancy could not be reconciled.

(WITH AGENCY INPUTS)


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