After recapturing the southern Ukrainian regional capital of Kherson, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced the liberation of other areas currently occupied by Russia. “We forget no one, we leave no one behind,” Selenski said in his daily video address Saturday night. Meanwhile, Ukrainian policemen and representatives of the military administration returned to Kherson.
The Russian occupiers, who have retreated to the south-east side of the Dnieper River, have announced the evacuation of the town of Nowa Kakhovka – raising fears of possible sabotage at the hydroelectric plant there. Meanwhile, the Kremlin reported on a phone call between President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
Ukrainian police and authorities back in the liberated city of Kherson
A few days after the withdrawal of Russian troops, representatives of the Ukrainian regional administration and security authorities returned to the liberated city of Kherson in the south of the country. For example, the police and the secret service have already resumed their work in Kherson, Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said in a video captured in the center of the regional capital. According to Januschewitsch, one of the main tasks at the moment is to clear the area of mines.
Russian occupiers are evacuating the Ukrainian dam town of Nowa Kakhovka
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Dnieper, the Russian occupiers announced the evacuation of the dam town of Nowa Kakhovka. The administration of Kakhovka is withdrawing to a safe place together with the citizens of the city, according to the Russian state news agency TASS, the commander of the local garrison, Pavel Filipchuk, said.
It is feared that shelling could destroy the dam and flood the area. For weeks, the Russians and Ukrainians have accused each other of planning such a provocation. Ukrainian forces have identified Kakhovka’s administration as the “number one target for terrorist attack” in the region, Filipchuk claimed. Ukraine rejects the intentions of sabotage.
Putin talks to Raisi about expanding economic ties
Kremlin chief Putin and Iranian President Raisi discussed further expansion of relations between the two countries hit by Western sanctions. The call focused on “cooperation in politics, trade and business”, the Kremlin said afterwards. Iran has good relations with Moscow and has recently been criticized for supporting Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
About a week ago, Tehran admitted for the first time that it had supplied combat drones to Russia – even before the war started at the end of February. Ukraine, on the other hand, accuses Iran of supplying significantly more weapons to Moscow.
Turkey: Moscow restricts shipping through the Kerch Strait
Russia will no longer allow ships loaded abroad to cross the Kerch Strait towards the Sea of Azov, Turkey said. “The passage of ships that were loaded outside Russian territory is prohibited through the Kerch Strait to the north,” the responsible body of the Turkish Ministry of Transport said on Twitter.
A ministry spokesman said the tip came from the Russian side, without giving further details. There was no initial comment from Moscow.
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