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Russian shelling kilos residential regions in east; Ukraine moves key bridge

Bycbs editor

Aug 16, 2022

Russia’s navy pounded residential regions throughout Ukraine in a single day, claiming profits as Ukrainian forces pressed a counteroffensive to attempt to take lower back an occupied southern place, hanging the final operating bridge over a river withinside the Russian-occupied Kherson place, Ukrainian government stated Saturday.

A Russian rocket assault at the metropolis of Kramatorsk killed 3 humans and wounded thirteen others Friday night time, in keeping with the mayor. Kramatorsk is the headquarters for Ukrainian forces withinside the country’s battle-torn east.

The assault got here much less than an afternoon after eleven different rockets have been fired on the metropolis, one of the principal Ukrainian-held ones in Donetsk province, the point of interest of an ongoing Russian offensive to seize jap Ukraine’s Donbas place.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed Saturday its forces had taken manipulate of Pisky, a village at the outskirts of the metropolis of Donetsk, the provincial capital that pro-Moscow separatists have claimed on the grounds that 2014.

Russian troops and the Kremlin-sponsored rebels are in search of to capture Ukrainian-held regions north and west of the metropolis of Donetsk to enlarge the separatists’ self-proclaimed republic. But the Ukrainian navy stated Saturday that its forces had avoided an in a single day develop towards the smaller towns of Avdiivka and Bakhmut.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov additionally claimed that Russian moves close to Kramatorsk, seventy five miles north of Donetsk metropolis, destroyed a U.S.-provided more than one rocket launcher and ammunition. Ukrainian government did now no longer well known any navy losses however stated that Russian missile moves Friday on Kramatorsk had destroyed 20 residential homes.

Neither declare will be independently verified.

The Ukrainian governor of neighboring Luhansk province, that is a part of the combat over the Donbas place and became overrun with the aid of using Russian forces final month, claimed that Ukrainian troops nevertheless held a small area. Writing on Telegram, Luhansk Gov. Serhii Haidai stated the protecting troops remained holed up inner an oil refinery on the threshold of Lysychansk, a metropolis that Moscow claimed to have captured, and additionally manipulate regions close to a village.

“The enemy is burning the floor on the entrances to the Luhansk place as it can not overcome (Ukrainian resistance along) those few kilometers,” Haidai stated. “It is hard to remember what number of hundreds of shells this territory of the unfastened Luhansk place has withstood during the last month and a half.”

Further west, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk place pronounced greater Russian shelling of the metropolis of Nikopol, which lies throughout the Dnieper River from Europe’s biggest nuclear energy plant.

Gov. Yevhen Yevtushenko did now no longer specify whether or not Russian troops had fired at Nikopol from the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Writing on Telegram, he stated Saturday that there have been no casualties however residential homes, a energy line and a fueloline pipeline have been broken.

Nikopol has gone through each day bombardment for maximum of the beyond week, and a volley of shells killed 3 humans and broken forty condo homes on Thursday, he stated.

Russia and Ukrainian officers have for days accused every different of shelling the Zaporizhzhia plant in contravention of nuclear protection rules. Russian troops have occupied the plant for the reason that early days of Moscow’s invasion, even though the facility’s pre-battle Ukrainian nuclear employees preserve to run it.

Ukrainian navy intelligence alleged Saturday that Russian troops have been shelling the plant from a village simply kilometers away, destructive a plant pumping station and a hearthplace station. The intelligence directorate stated the Russians had bused humans into the energy plant and set up a Ukrainian flag on a self-propelled gun at the outskirts of Enerhodar, the metropolis in which the plant is located.

“Obviously, it is going to be used for but any other provocation to accuse the militia of Ukraine,” the directorate stated, with out elaborating.

Ukrainian officers have time and again alleged that Russian forces have been cynically the use of the plant as a protect at the same time as firing at groups throughout the river, understanding that Ukrainian forces have been not likely to hearthplace lower back for worry of triggering a nuclear accident.

They stated Russian shelling on Friday night time killed one lady and injured different civilians withinside the metropolis of Zaporizhzhia, that is a directly distance of approximately fifty three kilometers (33 miles) from the plant. Ukraine’s southern Mykolayiv place additionally stated a lady died there in shelling.

For numerous weeks, Ukraine’s navy has attempted to put the foundation for a counter-offensive to reclaim southern Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Kherson place. A nearby Ukrainian legit pronounced Saturday that a Ukrainian strike had broken the final operating bridge over the Dnieper River withinside the place and in addition crippled Russian deliver lines.

“The Russians now no longer have any functionality to absolutely flip over their equipment,” Serhii Khlan, a deputy to the Kherson Regional Council, wrote on Facebook. His claims couldn’t be straight away verified.

Ukrainian officers have time and again referred to a deliberate counter-offensive to retake Russian-occupied components of the country’s south. They entreated citizens now no longer to publish data on social media approximately navy movements associated with it and counseled that any associated bulletins may include a time lag.

Days after explosions at a Russian air base in Crimea destroyed as much as a dozen plane, a Ukrainian presidential adviser stated Kyiv have to make retaking the Black Sea peninsula that Moscow seized greater than 8 years in the past one in all its battle aims.

“Russia began out a battle towards Ukraine and the sector in 2014, with its brazen seizure of Crimea. It is apparent that this battle have to cease with the liberation of Crimea,” Mykhailo Podoylak, the pinnacle of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office, wrote Saturday on Twitter. “And additionally with the criminal punishment of the initiators of the ‘unique navy operation'” – the Kremlin’s time period for its battle in Ukraine.

Ukrainian officers have now no longer claimed duty for the explosions on the Saki air base on Tuesday. Russian protection officers denied any plane have been broken — or that any assault took place — and attributed the blasts to the sparking of on-webweb page munitions.