On Tuesday, July 12, Ukraine announced that it had hit Russian forces overnight in the occupied Kherson region in the south of the country, accusing it by the Russian occupation authorities of hitting homes. Kiev also claimed to have released five Ukrainians later “ a special operation ” In the area.

Five Ukrainians, held captive by Russian troops in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, were released thanks to a ” special operation by Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyiv announced Tuesday.

During a special operation […] in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson region, five Ukrainian citizens held captive by the Russian occupiers were released “The Ukrainian military intelligence service (GUR) said in a statement, specifying that there is a soldier and a former policeman among them.

Bordering the Crimean peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, the Kherson region is largely occupied by Russian forces as part of the invasion launched on February 24. The Ukrainian army has been conducting a counter-offensive there for several weeks while the bulk of the Russian troops are deployed in Donbass, in the east of the country.

An ammunition depot being targeted

According to Ukrainian military officials responsible for the south of the country, an overnight strike from Monday to Tuesday killed 52 Russian soldiers and destroyed ” a warehouse with ammunition in Nova Kakhovka, about 70 km from the large city of Kherson, which has a population of 290,000.

For his part, the head of the military-civil administration established in this locality by the Russian forces, Vladimir Leontiev, denounced a ” act of terrorism ” And ” a terrible tragedy “, claiming on Telegram:” There are no military targets here.

There are already seven dead and around 60 injured “, He said, ensuring that” the number will increase, because the extent of the damage is enormous “.” Dozens of homes were hit “, He added, in addition to warehouses, shops, a pharmacy, petrol stations” and also a church “. In his opinion, ” it is clear that this is a deliberate, violent, cynical attack with high-precision missiles “.

Destroyed buildings and fireball

Ekaterina Goubareva, deputy leader of the occupation administration of the Kherson region, also reported seven deaths and accused Ukrainian forces of using US Himars multiple rocket launchers. It was not immediately possible to independently verify these claims.

In a video broadcast by the Russian media, we see a huge ball of fire and sheaves projected skyward in the middle of the night, as powerful detonations sound and a thick column of white smoke rises. In other images taken in the morning and released by the occupation authorities, we see several buildings destroyed.

A new offensive awaited in the Donbass

In the east of the country, where the Russian bombings continue, Ukraine predicts a new Russian offensive in the Donetsk region, located in the Donbass, a mining basin partially controlled since 2014 by Moscow-backed separatists. “ There are signs that enemy units are preparing to step up combat operations towards Kramatorsk and Bakhmut “Warned the Ukrainian general staff.

Kramatorsk, the administrative center of Donbass still under Ukrainian control, and its neighbor Sloviansk are considered the next targets of the Russian army in their plan to completely conquer Donbass, four and a half months after the invasion of Ukraine began. .

The embassy of the separatist region of Donetsk will be inaugurated on Tuesday in Moscow, in the presence of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Monday, Russia has announced that it will facilitate access to Russian nationality for all Ukrainiansextending a measure that until now applied to the Ukrainian territories it occupies.

Hundreds of Iranian drones

The death toll from Sunday’s attack attributed to Russia on an apartment building in Chassiv Iar, Donetsk region, has continued to rise as relief operations continue, rising to at least 34 dead, according to local authorities.

In Kharkiv, in the north-east, six civilians were killed in a Russian attack on Monday, according to Governor Oleg Synegoubov.

Faced, according to Washington, with problems of maintaining its own armament, Russia should receive, for its part, ” hundreds of drones delivered from Iran. ” Our intelligence indicates that the Iranian government is preparing to deliver up to several hundred drones, including fighter jets, to Russia in a very short time. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday. Drones have played an important role since the beginning of the war for reconnaissance operations, missile launches or bomb drops.

Uncertainties of the gas

At the same time, Europe has entered a period of uncertainty about the continuation of gas deliveries from Russia, as the Russian giant Gazprom started maintenance work on the two Nord Stream 1 gas pipelines that supply Germany and others on Monday. Western European countries.

This ten-day stop was supposed to be just a technical formality. But with the war in Ukraine and the showdown between Moscow and the West over energy, no one can bet on resuming deliveries, which have already been significantly reduced.

In order not to give Moscow any further pretext, Germany has obtained from Canada the return of the pipeline turbines, which are undergoing maintenance on a Canadian site of the German group Siemens. This gesture aroused the ire of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday, who announced the convocation of the Canadian ambassador to Kyiv ” due to an absolutely unacceptable exception to the sanctions regime against Russia “.

(With AFP)

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