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Ukraine says dozens of Russian soldiers killed in south | Russo-Ukrainian war news

Ukrainian forces say they have killed dozens of Russian soldiers in fighting in the south, including the Kherson region, the focus of Kyiv counterattack in that part of the country And an important link in the Moscow supply line.

Rail traffic across the Dnieper to Kherson has been cut off, the military’s southern command said on Saturday, potentially further isolating Russian forces west of the river from supplies in the occupied Crimea and the east.

British defense and intelligence officials have been one of Ukraine’s strongest allies in the West since Russia’s military intervention. February 24th Invasionportrayed the Russian army as struggling to maintain momentum.

Ukraine has used long-range missile systems supplied by the West to severely damage three bridges over the Dnieper in recent weeks, cut off the city of Kherson and, as assessed by British defense officials, put Russia’s 49 keep the army stationed on the west bank of the Dnieper. Vulnerable.

The Southern Command of the Ukrainian Army said more than 100 Russian soldiers were killed and seven tanks destroyed in fighting in the south on Friday.

Yuri Sobolevsky, the first deputy chairman of the Kherson Regional Council, told residents to stay away from Russian ammunition depots.

“Ukrainian forces are launching attacks against Russia, but this is just the beginning,” Sobolevsky wrote on the Telegram app.

Dmitro Butryi, the pro-Ukrainian governor of the Kherson region, said the Belislav district was particularly hard hit. Belislav is across the river northwest of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station.

“In some villages not a single house remains and all infrastructure has been destroyed. People live in basements,” Butrii wrote on Telegram.

It was not possible to independently verify the reports.

Earlier this week, officials from the Russian-appointed regime that runs the Kherson region declined to assess the situation in the West and Ukraine.

In an intelligence update on Saturday, the UK Defense Ministry said Russia had likely installed two pontoon bridges and a ferry system to compensate for bridges damaged in the Ukrainian attack.

Authorities set up by Russia in occupied southern Ukraine may be preparing to hold a referendum on Russia’s membership later this year, saying they “will ask citizens to give their personal information to create a voting roll.” It is highly likely that they are coercing them to disclose,” he added.

On Friday, the ministry said the Russian government was “desperate” after losing tens of thousands of soldiers in the war. Richard Moore, the chief of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency MI6, added on Twitter that Russia was “losing momentum”.

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Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government has decided on the forced evacuation of people in the area around the eastern city of Donetsk, which has been the scene of heavy fighting with Russia, Zelensky said on Saturday.

In a late-night speech, Zelensky also said the hundreds of thousands of people still in the war zone in the wider Donbass region needed to leave.

“The government has already taken a decision on forced evacuation from the Donetsk region,” he said. “Evacuate. At this stage of the war, terrorism is Russia’s main weapon.”

Meanwhile, Ukraine and Russia have exchanged accusations over a missile strike or explosion that is believed to have killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners in East Donetsk province. occurred in the front-line town of Olenivka.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday released a list of Ukrainian prisoners of war killed or wounded in missile attacks by Ukrainian forces.it said Attack by US-made HIMARS rocket Killed 50 prisoners and wounded another 73.

The Ukrainian military denied responsibility and said Russian artillery had targeted the prisons to cover up abuses of those held there. Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said on Friday that Russia had committed war crimes and called for international condemnation.

Ukrainian human rights officer Dmitro Rubinetsk said on state television that he had asked the Red Cross and the UN Observatory for Human Rights to go to Olenivka.

He said the ICRC had made a request but had not yet received permission from Russia.

Late Saturday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Moscow had invited UN and ICRC experts to investigate the death.

In a statement, the ministry said it was acting “to conduct an objective investigation.”

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday that “all political, criminal and moral responsibility for the bloody massacre against Ukrainians will be called into question.” [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky, his criminal regime, and Washington supporting them. ”

A charity linked to the Ukrainian Azov Regiment said on Telegram that it was unable to immediately confirm or deny the authenticity of the Russian casualty list.

A different version of events could not be confirmed, but some deaths were confirmed by Reuters journalists who visited the prison.

Ukraine says it has identified more than 10,000 people, accusing Russia of atrocities and atrocities against civilians since Russian aggression possible war crimesRussia denies targeting civilians and allegations of war crimes.

Elsewhere, Ukrainian officials said one person was killed in southern Mykolaiv and one in eastern Bakhmut in Russian bombings targeting the south and east of the country.

The death toll from an attack on a bus station in Mykolaiv on Friday rose to seven after two men died in hospital, local officials said.

In the eastern city of Kharkiv, three Russian S-300 missiles hit a school, Mayor Igor Terekhov said in Telegram, adding that the main building was destroyed.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/30/ukraine-says-dozens-of-russian-soldiers-killed-in-the-south Ukraine says dozens of Russian soldiers killed in south | Russo-Ukrainian war news

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