Ukrainian defenses continue to consolidate liberated territories in the east of the country as Russian forces regroup, the Ukrainian military said on Sunday.
“The enemy is regrouping troops in separate directions, looking for ways to build up reserves and carrying out aerial reconnaissance. Inspections are being intensified in occupied settlements,” the army’s Southern Operational Command said via Facebook.
Officials describe the situation in the southern Kherson region as “tense”, and a regional military official said the humanitarian situation in the liberated settlements is difficult.
“Ukrainian police, humanitarian aid (water, food) enter the unoccupied settlements. The main tasks are to provide people with water, electricity, firewood and building materials,” Serhii Khlan, a Ukrainian military adviser, told national television on Sunday.
A clash in Kherson: Russian security forces clashed with “a group of armed men” in occupied Kherson on Saturday, Russian news agency TASS reported.
TASS did not provide details on the identity of the “gunmen” or the number of them in the group.
Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command described the shooting as a provocation by the Russians, saying “they pass it off as counter-subversive measures, trying to accuse the Ukrainian armed forces of senseless street fighting among the civilian population”.
The operational command also claimed that Russian forces are “pounding the homes of civilians, objects of civilian and critical infrastructure”, in the Kherson region.
Elsewhere in the south of the country, explosions were heard in Melitopol, according to the city’s mayor.
“For the third day, explosions are heard in the city. Yesterday morning and afternoon, warehouses of ammunition and enemy military equipment, located on the edge of the Molochny estuary, exploded. Some time ago, the Russians removed their equipment from the city of Melitopol and placed it directly on the shore of the estuary,” Mayor Ivan Fedorov told Ukrainian state television.