Image Source: Ukraine: Russian Troops Take Control of key City of Kherson
According to the mayor of a major port city in southern Ukraine, the Russian military has taken control of the town. Since Russia invaded Ukraine a week ago, Kherson has become the first significant city to capture the Russian army after an intense battle.
Residents were ordered to stay inside when the Russian military pushed their way into the municipal council building, according to Igor Kolykhaev, the city’s mayor. Several cities have been subjected to heavy bombardment, with Wednesday proving to be one of the most devasting days of the conflict. The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has opened an investigation into suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated in Ukraine. The ICC is conducting the inquiry.
Russia has revealed for the first time that it suffered significant military fatalities during its war on Ukraine, with 498 soldiers dead and a further 1,597 wounded in the conflict in Ukraine. Ukraine claims that Russia has suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damages.
More than 2,000 people have been killed, according to Ukrainian authorities, since the assault started last Thursday. According to the United Nations, the violence has also forced more than a million people to evacuate their homes in Ukraine.
Using Facebook, Mr. Kolykhaev claimed that Russian soldiers had taken control of Kherson, a port on Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coast with a population of more than 280,000 people, according to the post.
Because there were no Ukrainian troops in the city, he warned Russian soldiers not to fire people.
Mr. Kolykhaev urged civilians to adhere to the rules and regulations established by Russian soldiers to “keep the Ukrainian flag flying.” These are some examples:
- From 20:00 until 06:00, there is a severe curfew in effect.
- Only going out in groups of two or three people at the most
- Only automobiles transporting food, medicine, and other supplies are permitted to enter the city, and they must go at the slowest possible pace.
“The (Russian) occupants have taken over all of the city and are posing a serious threat,” Gennady Lakhuta, the chairman of the regional government, was reported as saying by the AFP news agency as saying.
In addition to its strategic importance, the conquest of Kherson – situated on the banks of the Dnieper River, where it runs into the Black Sea – is vital because it may enable Russia to establish a military base there as part of its efforts to push farther inland.
An intense aircraft bombardment targeted Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv on Wednesday. As reported by the BBC, the city’s mayor said that shelling and cruise missile attacks were targeting residential areas and causing many civilian deaths.