Military think tank: Russia withdraws officers from Kherson

Kyiv, UKRAINE (AP) — Russian military leadership has withdrawn officers from the annexed city of Kherson across the Dnieper River in anticipation of an advance by Ukrainian forces, a war research think tank said on Sunday. The Russians had completed their retreat and Moscow added that it had left its newly mobilized and inexperienced army on the other side of the wide river. On Saturday, authorities set up by Russian forces in Ukraine ordered all Kherson residents to withdraw immediately prior to the expected action of Ukrainian forces. There is an army to retake the city. Kherson has been in Russian hands since the beginning of the war that lasted eight months in Ukraine. The city, the capital of the region of the same name, is one of four regions that Russian President Vladimir Putin illegally annexed last month and imposed martial law in Russia on Thursday. On Friday, Ukrainian forces bombed Russian positions across the province, targeting pro-Kremlin resupply routes across the Dnieper River, preparing a final push to retake the city. The ISW think tank also said on Sunday that Russia’s latest warfare strategy was aimed at power, with the recently built power plant undermining Ukrainians’ will to fight and forcing the Ukrainian government to use additional resources to protect civilians and energy infrastructure. seems to be aimed at. Ukrainian forces said on Sunday that although Russian forces remain mostly defensive, they continue to attack Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and several villages in eastern Donbas. Attacks on energy and other critical infrastructure have recurred over the past day in nine locations across Ukraine, from Odesa in the southwest to Kharkiv in the northeast, the Ukrainian Chief of Staff said. There have been 25 Russian airstrikes and more than 100 missile and artillery strikes across Ukraine, the Ukrainian General Staff said. A Russian S-300 missile struck a residential area in the city of Mykolaiv overnight, injuring three people, according to the Ukrainian Army’s Southern Command. Two apartment buildings, a playground and a warehouse were damaged or destroyed, the Facebook post said. Reports are not immediately available. Elsewhere, the Ukrainian security service detained a longtime head of a major aircraft engine plant on Sunday, accusing it of working with Russia by supplying military equipment to Russian attack aircraft. The Ukrainian security service SBU said in a statement that the two men were accused of conspiring with a Russian arms manufacturer near the Kremlin to supply Ukrainian-made engines and spare parts to the Russian military. SBU described a complex plan to use intermediaries in three countries to evade sanctions against Russia. Motor Sich is one of the leading manufacturers of Ukraine and has been a key manufacturer of aircraft engines since Soviet times. The facility was repeatedly targeted by Russian attacks during the war. Engines made by Motor Sich were used to power Russian helicopters before supplies ceased after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.___AP report on the Ukraine war:
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