August 16, 2022

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In the Kherson region, seven people were killed according to Russian occupation forces, as Kyiv continues its counteroffensive

Kherson: Ukraine blast kills seven, Russia says

Russian occupation forces in the Kherson region (south) killed seven people and wounded around 60 in Ukrainian bombings that hit the town of Nova Khakovka from Monday to Tuesday night, Vladimir Leontiev reported on Telegram. Head of the military-civilian administration established in the region by Russian forces.

Meanwhile, Ukraine said it launched an attack on military targets in Nova Khakovka, killing 52 Russian soldiers and destroying an ammunition depot.

In a video broadcast by Russian media, a huge bonfire and garlands are thrown into the sky at midnight, while powerful explosions ring out and a thick column of white smoke rises.

In other pictures taken in the morning and released by the occupation authorities, we see several destroyed buildings. “Dozens of houses have been affected (…). We are pulling people out from the rubble.Mr. Leontiev said. “It is a terrible tragedy (…). count [de victimes] will increase because the scale of the damage is enormous”He also condemned A “act of terrorism”.

Bordering the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014, the Kherson region is largely occupied by Russian forces engaged in a February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian army has been waging a counteroffensive on the Kherson front for weeks, while the bulk of Russian troops are stationed in Donbass, in the east of the country. Kyiv has managed to retake the city of Kherson, home to 290,000 people, but has so far been unable to break deep into Russian defense lines.

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