The army’s southern command stated that rail traffic to Kherson on the Dnipro River was cut off, potentially separating occupied Crimea and supplies to Russian forces west of the river in the east.
Ukraine Western supplies have used long-range missile systems to severely damage three Dnipro bridges in recent weeks, cut off the city of Kherson and – in the assessment of British defense officials – abandoned RussiaThe 49th Army deployed on the west bank of the river is extremely sensitive.
“As a result of setting fire on the main transport links in the occupied territory, it has been established that traffic on the rail bridge crossing Dnipro is not possible,” Ukraine’s Southern Command said in a statement.
It said more than 100 Russian soldiers and seven tanks were destroyed in fighting on Friday in the Kherson region, the first major city captured by Russians since the February 24 invasion.
Yuri Sobolevsky, the first deputy head of the Kherson Regional Council, asked residents to stay away from Russian ammunition piles.
“The Ukrainian military is putting this against the Russians and this is only the beginning,” he wrote on Telegram.
The pro-Ukraine governor of the Kherson region, Dmitro Butry, said the Berislav district was particularly badly affected. Across the river is to the northwest of the Berislav Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant.
“In some villages, not a single house is left, all infrastructure has been destroyed, people are living in basements,” he wrote on the Telegram app.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the reports and earlier this week officials from the Russian-appointed administration running the Kherson region dismissed Western and Ukrainian assessments of the situation.
Both sides also leveled allegations on Friday over a missile attack or explosion that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in the eastern Donetsk province.
Russia’s defense ministry said forty prisoners were killed and 75 wounded in the prison in the border town of Olenivka, held by Moscow-backed separatists. Some of the deaths were confirmed by Reuters reporters in prison.
A spokesman for the separatists put the death toll at 53 and accused Kyiv of targeting the prison with a US-made HIMARS rocket.
Ukraine’s armed forces denied responsibility, saying Russian artillery had targeted the prison to hide the mistreatment of those held there. Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba said Russia had committed a war crime and called for international condemnation.
Reuters could not immediately verify individual versions of the events.
Reuters TV showed the remains of a charred building filled with metal beds, some lying on charred bodies while others were lying on military stretchers or on the ground outside.
oysters The pieces were laid out on a blue metal bench. It was not possible to immediately locate any identification marks and it was not clear where the fragments were collected.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was seeking access to the site and offered to help evacuate the injured.
Ukraine has accused Russia of atrocities and brutality against civilians since its invasion and says it has identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes. Russia has denied targeting civilians.
A UN brokerage deal to restart grain shipping from Ukraine and ease the worldwide food crisis was discussed by top diplomats from the United States and Russia in their first phone call on Friday, when On 24 February, Russia’s invasion of its neighbor began.
The Foreign Ministry said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Washington was not living up to its promise to exempt food from sanctions.
In a Russian Foreign Ministry account of the phone call, Lavrov told Blinken that Russia would achieve all the goals of its “special military operation”, adding that a supply of Western weapons to Ukraine would only drag on the conflict.
Blinken warned Lavrov about any Russian territorial claims during his war in Ukraine.
“The world will not recognize the annexations. We will incur significant additional costs if Russia goes ahead with its plans,” he said.