Ukraine: Uncertain pro-Russian referendum in the south due to Kyiv's response | War in Ukraine

Ukraine: an uncertain pro-Russian referendum in the south due to kyiv's response | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine says it is continuing a major counter-offensive against Russian forces in the south of the country.

The Russian occupation authorities in southern Ukraine on Monday discussed the postponement of an annexation referendum planned by Russia, in the midst of a counter-offensive by Ukrainian forces in this region.

kyiv claims successes on this front by striking deep into the logistics of the Russian army in the Kherson region, occupied since March. Moscow ensures for its part to inflict heavy losses on its opponent.

We were prepared for the vote, we wanted to hold the referendum very soon, but due to the current events, I believe that we will take a break, Kirill Stremoussov, deputy head of the administration of Russia, told Russian public television. #x27;regional occupation.

Soon after, he tempered his remarks on Telegram by going back to the term break, but noting that everything is not going as fast as expected. According to him, the referendum will take place no matter what, but the date cannot be fixed.

For weeks, the occupation administration of the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia has been saying that it is preparing referendums to attach these regions to Russia this fall, a scenario already implemented in 2014 during the annexation of Crimea.

But Kherson and its region are targeted by a counter-offensive by Ukraine, which claims to have reconquered territory, inflicted losses on the Russians and disrupted the supply lines by making the main bridges in the area, cut from north to south by the Dnieper River, unusable.

On Sunday, a Russian ammunition depot was destroyed, according to the Ukrainian army, in Tomyna Balka, a town west of Kherson, as was a pontoon bridge near the village of Lvové and an air force control center. #x27;Russian army southeast of Kherson.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his part announced on Sunday evening the resumption of two localities in the South and a in the East, without specifying their names.

As for Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR), it assured on Monday that it had destroyed in the Zaporizhia region a depot where ballot papers for the referendum wanted by Moscow were stored.

All the bridges on Dnieper in the Kherson region are out of order, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian army's Southern Command Natalia Goumenyuk told a press conference, adding that three pontoon bridges built by the Russian army had also been destroyed.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed to inflict heavy losses on Ukrainians trying to put down roots in certain areas of the south.

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The last operating reactor of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, in Zaporizhia (south), at the center of all concerns and where experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA), was disconnected from the network on Monday, due to bombardments which caused a fire, according to the Ukrainian operator Energoatom.

Monday evening, the IAEA clarified that the power line in question was deliberately disconnected in order to put out a fire, but was not damaged and should be reconnected as soon as possible.

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Two IAEA experts, who arrived last week, are still on site.

In his daily intervention, the Ukrainian President indicated that the report of the IAEA mission should be published tomorrow (Tuesday). I hope he will be objective, he added.

Russia have currently halted most of their attacking effort after some success in the East. The Ukrainian army, armed with Western military supplies, launched a counteroffensive in the south a week ago.

Russia continues to strike Ukrainian cities with its artillery and missiles.

Thus, in Mykolaiv (south), powerful explosions were heard in the city last night, said the mayor Oleksandre Senkevich on Telegram, indicating that there were no casualties.

In Kharkiv, the big city in the north-east near the Russian border, three people were injured by the shelling on Sunday evening, according to Governor Oleg Sinegoubov. In the same region, two civilians were killed in a Russian bombardment on Monday morning, in Zolochiv.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, three civilians were killed on Sunday in the Donetsk region (east ) and a woman on Monday in that of Dnipropetrovsk (center).

On the diplomatic and economic level, the European Commission and Ukraine on Monday signed an agreement on aid of 500 million euros which will be devoted to housing and education for displaced people as well as x27;to agriculture.

Reacting the same day to the election of Liz Truss as British Prime Minister, Mr Zelensky said he hoped she will help thwart all destructive efforts of Russia.

Saying to look forward to future cooperation with Mrs. Truss, whose country is one of kyiv's main supporters in Europe , he felt that she has always been on the right side of European politics.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal for his part pleaded for the introduction of a total energy embargo against Russia.

But in this area, it is the Europeans who are currently victims of their dependence on Russian gas.

The Kremlin thus assured Monday that the cessation of deliveries to Germany via the Nord Stream gas pipeline was the sole fault of the West, with their sanctions preventing the maintenance of gas infrastructure.

“The [gas] pumping problems have arisen because of Western state sanctions. There is no other reason for these issues.

— Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman

He was speaking a few days after the complete shutdown of Nord Stream, a crucial gas pipeline for the x27; supply to Europeans who fear an energy crisis this winter.

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