A counter-offensive marked by heavy fighting in southern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

A counter-offensive marked by heavy fighting in southern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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A Ukrainian man sees the destruction of his house in Mykolaiv, 60 km from Kherson.

“Heavy fighting” erupted in southern Ukraine on Tuesday where Kyiv troops launched a counter-offensive, hoping to retake the city of Kherson from the Russians.

Powerful explosions took place all day (Monday) and all night in the Kherson region. Heavy fighting is taking place in almost the entire territory of the region, the presidency said in its morning briefing.

The Ukrainian armed forces launched offensive actions in various directions, she continued, claiming to have destroyed a number of ammunition depots and all major bridges allowing vehicles to cross the Dnieper River, in order to cut off the supplies for the Russian army from Crimea annexed by Moscow in 2014.

The Ukrainian counterattack is mainly aimed at retaking Kherson, a city of 280,000 inhabitants before the conflict, taken by the Russians as soon as the war began on February 24, according to local officials.

According to a memo from the British MoD, most (Russian) units around Kherson are likely understaffed and have to rely on fragile supplies by ferries and pontoon bridges.

Houses destroyed by Russian shelling in Mykolaiv.

MP Serguii Khlan spoke on Ukrainian television of powerful artillery attacks on enemy positions […] throughout the territory of the occupied Kherson region, at the gates of Crimea annexed by Moscow in March 2014.

Russia for its part claimed to have repelled attempted Ukrainian offensives in the regions of Kherson and Mykolaiv, in the south of the country. Ukraine.

During the day […], Ukrainian troops attempted an offensive in three directions, in the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that it had failed miserably and heralding heavy Ukrainian losses.

According to the Southern Command of the Ukrainian army, the Russians bombarded Mykolaiv on Monday with 16 S-300 anti-aircraft missiles which caused significant damage, particularly to residential buildings and transport infrastructure. Two civilians were killed and 24 wounded, according to this source.

This information was unverifiable from independent sources.

Ukraine is taking back what is its own and will eventually take back everything: the regions of Kharkiv, Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Crimea, the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of ;Azov, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hammered Monday evening in his daily message.

Russian bombardments have also not ceased on the front line which is ;extends from north to south.

In the center of Kharkiv (northeast), Ukraine's second city, at least five people have been killed in Russian shelling , the mayor and regional governor announced on Tuesday.

City service workers stand near a crater near the Kharkiv administrative headquarters, damaged after shelling by the Russian forces.

Governor of the Zaporizhia region (south) Oleksandre Staroukh announced at dawn on Tuesday that Russia had launched an attack with missiles against the eponymous city. According to initial information, there are no casualties. So far, no significant damage to infrastructure has been spotted, he said.

It is in this region that experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are expected to inspect the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, occupied since the beginning of March by the Russians and at the center of all tensions.

The UN body sent a mission, led by its Director General Rafael Grossi, to visit the facilities later this week.

Mr. Grossi had been asking for several months to be able to go there, warning of the real risk of nuclear disaster after a series of bombings for which the two belligerents held each other responsible.

Accused by kyiv of having positioned artillery pieces on the site of the power plant, Russia said on Tuesday that it hoped that this mission would take place, through the voice of Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov. We are waiting for it, he added.

Ukrainian operator Energoatom nevertheless claimed that Russian soldiers were putting pressure on the personnel of the plant to prevent him from revealing evidence of the occupier's crimes.

Since August 23, Zaporizhia City Hall has been distributing iodine tablets to the population within a radius of 50 km around the plant, to be taken in the event of a radiation alert.

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Furthermore, the Ukrainian authorities were preparing for the start of the school year scheduled for Thursday. In kyiv, 132,000 children are expected in classes on September 1, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

A bomb shelter has been prepared to accommodate school children in preparation for the start of the school year in Kyiv.

In addition, as autumn approaches, a further step towards the drying up of Russian gas flows to France was taken on Tuesday with the announcement by the Engie group of a further reduction in deliveries from the giant Gazprom.

Deliveries of Russian gas to the French energy company had already decreased since the start of the conflict in Ukraine , recently dropping to just 1.5 TWh (terawatt-hours) per month.

For its part, Germany is in a better position to counter the Russian gas threat, said Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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