The Russian military operation in Ukraine continues today, Sunday, as units of the Russian army strike the locations of the forces’ concentrations, while Kyiv continues In progress to reclaim their landsas well as in rallying Western support against the Russian bear.
In the latest field developments, a state of alert was declared to warn of air raids, at dawn on Sunday, in several regions of Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv. With its strikes, Russia targets energy facilities, defense industries, military command and communications facilities throughout Ukraine.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced, on Saturday evening, that the Ukrainian armed forces have regained control of nearly 60 towns in the country. Kherson region.
“Before fleeing Kherson, the Russians destroyed all the basic infrastructure – communications, water supply, heating and electricity,” he added, noting that there was great damage in the region.
“We are very happy,” the Ukrainian president added, adding that 2,000 explosive devices had been defused.
In addition, the Ukrainian police began, on Saturday, to clear mines from Kherson, a day after their recovery and documenting the “crimes” attributed to Russia in the large city in the south of the country, whose loss constitutes a major setback for the Kremlin.
About 200 police were deployed in Kherson to set up road checkpoints and document “the crimes of the Russian occupiers,” national police chief Igor Klimenko said in a statement.
He also alerted the city’s residents to the presence of mines left by Russian forces, and urged them to “move with caution.” According to Klimenko, a policeman was injured during a demining operation from a building in Kherson.
It is noteworthy that the Russian Defense Ministry had announced, on Friday, that it had completed the withdrawal of its forces from Kherson and their retreat to the western bank of the Dnipro River, stressing that it had not incurred any loss of life or equipment during the withdrawal.
This withdrawal dealt a painful blow, and showed a major setback for the Russian army, especially as it is the first major Ukrainian city to fall into its hands since the outbreak of the conflict on February 24.
It also forms with Donetsk, Lugansk and Zaporizhia, the four regions that the Kremlin announced in late September 2022.
Also, its geographical location is of particular importance, as the region is located on the borders of the Dnipro-Petrovsk and Nikolaev regions, and it has a land border with Crimea in the south, while overlooking the Black Sea in the southwest, and in the southeast by the Sea of Azov.
This is the third major Russian withdrawal since the start of the Russian operation on February 24. Russia was forced to abandon its capture of Kyiv in the spring in the face of fierce resistance from the Ukrainians before being expelled from all of the Kharkiv (northeast) region in September.