Ukraine LIVE: Rocked Russians have nowhere to hide as 500 pinpointed in base shelling
Russian forces may have evacuated Kherson City, but there has been reports of continued fierce fighting across the front lines, including bombardments from both sides.
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Ukrainian forces have devastated a base housing 500 soldiers in Kherson Oblast, according to Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces. The strikes come amid reports of fierce fighting to the east of the country in the Donetsk region as well as Russian bombardments of positions.
“It has been confirmed that the Defence Forces hit a concentration area of the occupiers in the Kherson Oblast. In the area of the settlement of Dnipryany, a high-precision strike was carried out on a building where up to 500 occupants were located. According to its results, two trucks of dead invaders were taken to Tavriysk,” the General Staff said in a Facebook post.
It claimed that 56 more seriously wounded Russian soldiers were taken to hospital, of which 14 more died shortly after.
It’s a sign that despite Russian forces pulling back to the east bank of the Dnipro River, both sides are likely to continue to shell each other from across the waterway.
Across the frontlines, Russian forces struck Ukrainian positions. They launched more than 40 MLRS attacks, 16 airstrikes and four missile strikes in Zaporizhzhia, Cherkasy, Kharkiv and Donetsk over the last 24 hours, according to the General Staff.
In Donetsk in the east, the battling forces appear to have launched localised offensives.
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Ukraine struck a Russian base housing around 500 soldiers, according to General Staff. (Image: GETTY)
Volodymyr Zelensky: ‘Extremely fierce’ Donetsk battles are ‘hell’
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to “restore everything” in Kherson after the extent of the damage left behind by fleeing Russian forces was revealed.
In a video address, he said: “[Russians] everywhere have the same goal: to humiliate people as much as possible. But we will restore everything, believe me.”
There have been reports of water, medicine and food shortages in the city and Ukraine’s forces are dealing with mines and other traps left behind by Moscow’s troops.
Ukraine’s success in recapturing more than 60 settlements, including Kherson City, on the western bank of the Dnipro River was in part due to Ukrainian forces repelling “terrible pressure” from Russian forces in Donetsk, according to Zelensky.
He added: “There [in Donetsk] it is just hell – there are extremely fierce battles there every day. But our units are defending bravely – they are withstanding the terrible pressure of the invaders, preserving our defence lines.”
Kremlin minister confirms military training to return to Russian schools
Russia’s education minister Sergey Kravstov has said that military training will return to the country’s schools from next September, according to an update by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).
It will include no less than 140 hours of training in “contingencies for a chemical or nuclear attack, first aid and experience handling and firing Kalashnikov rifles”.
Officials tried to revive the Soviet-era initiative after Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 but it was not implemented at the time.
The MoD said the training will attempt to prepare students with military skills as they approach conscription age as the “quality of Russian conscripts remains poor, with low morale and limited training”.
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Russia leaves behind a trail of destruction in Kherson – water shortage ‘critical’
Kherson’s mayor has warned that the city is facing “critical shortages” of water, medicine and bread as Russian forces destroyed civilian infrastructure as they retreated from the city.
“The city has a critical shortage, mainly of water. There is currently not enough medicine, not enough bread because it can’t be baked: there is no electricity,” the city’s mayor, Roman Holovnia, said on television.
Ukrainian President Zelensky said Russia soldiers destroyed infrastructure as they retreated from the city.
In a video address, he said: “Before fleeing from Kherson, the occupiers destroyed all the critical infrastructure: communications, water, heat, electricity.”
He added that forces in Kherson had already dealt with 2,000 mines, tripwires and unexploded shells left behind by the Russians as they attempted to make the city safe.
A Ukrainian soldier attempts to defuse Russian mines. (Image: GETTY)
Kherson liberated – fierce fighting reported in Donetsk
Good morning, Matthew Dooley here to bring you the latest updates on Ukraine until later this afternoon.
Scenes of joy are still emerging out of liberated Kherson, where Ukrainian soldiers are likely attempting to make safe any mines in buildings and structures left behind by Russian forces.
Fighting seems to have intensified in the eastern Donetsk region, however neither side appears to have achieved any significant breakthrough.
Ukraine struck a Russian concentration point on the east side of the Dnipro River, shelling across the waterway is likely to continue as most crossings have been destroyed.
The Institute for the Study of War has reported that desertion remains a challenge for Russian forces, abandoning the regional capital at Kherson is not likely to help morale.
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