Russia prepares the “fortress” of Kherson against the Ukrainian advance

Pro-Russian separatists said on Friday they were making a “fortress” of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, whose residents Russia is evacuating in the face of advancing forces from kyiv. The deputy official in charge of the Russian occupation in Kherson, Kirill Stremoussov, thus let it be known on Telegram that “the city of Kherson, like a fortress, is preparing its defense”.

In this area, Russian forces “mined the dam and the units of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station”, one of the largest infrastructures of its kind in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced Thursday. “Russia is consciously preparing the ground for a large-scale catastrophe”, because “if the dam bursts, more than 80 localities, including Kherson, will find themselves in the zone of rapid flooding”.

Moscow under pressure

“It could destroy the water supply for a large part of southern Ukraine”, and affect the cooling of the reactors of the nuclear power plant – already in danger, as a recurring target of bombardments – in Zaporozhye, the largest in Europe, which draws its water from this artificial lake of 18 million cubic meters, added Volodymyr Zelensky.

After retreating sharply in northeastern Ukraine in recent weeks, Moscow’s forces are also under pressure in the south around Kherson, the first major city to fall into their hands in March, shortly after the start of their offensive.

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