The chief executive of the annexed peninsula announced that fortifications are being built to guarantee the safety of its inhabitants
File photo: Russian reservists recruited during the partial mobilization smoke next to buses as they leave for military bases in Sevastopol, Crimea (REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak)
Following the liberation by Ukrainian troops of the In the northern third of the Kherson region, Russia has begun to fortifythe neighboring Crimean peninsula, annexed by the Kremlin in 2014, fearing a further advance by kyiv forces on the southern front.
Ukrainian artillery is already firing daily at the left bank of the Dnieper River, where the Russian army withdrew after losing all territory on the right bank, including the regional capital of Kherson, in order to damage Russian positions.
Ukrainian Southern Command spokeswoman Nataliya Gumenyuk said on Tuesday that Russian troops have had to retreat between 15 and 20 kilometers on the left bank due to the pressure of the kyiv forces.
Russia fears for the fate of Crimea
The possibility that the Ukrainian Army will force the Dnieper and recover the entire Kherson region is a matter of great concern for the Russian military command, since it would have the way clear to try to break into the Crimea.
File photo: Ukrainian servicemen fire a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun (REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)
The head of the Executive of the annexed Ukrainian peninsula, Sergei Aksionov, announced this Friday that fortifications are being built in Crimea to guarantee the safety of its inhabitants.
“The measures of the Russian Armed Forces and law enforcement, taken on behalf of the president (Vladimir Putin) are enough to make Crimeans feel safe,” Aksionov said in a video posted on Telegram.
However, he admitted that additional “fortification works to ensure the safety of Crimeans” are carried out under his direct supervision.
Aksionov stressed that the main measures for the security of Crimea should be taken in the neighboring Kherson region.
The authorities installed by Moscow in Kherson, annexed by Russia along with the < region b>Zaporizhzhia and the so-called people's republics ofDonetsk and Lugansk on September 30, at the beginning of the month ordered the evacuation of the civilian population from a strip 15 kilometers wide along the left bank of the river.
The measure was decreed before, a week ago, the Russian troops withdrew from the city of Kherson and the northern third of the region of the same name.
Ukrainian tanks and military vehicles on a road in the Kherson region (REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)
First train from kyiv to Kherson in eight months
Ukraine is now immersed in “stabilization measures” to finish assuming political, military, police, economic and social aspects of the liberated territory.
This Friday Ukrainian Railways Ukrazaliznytsia decided to resume train traffic from kyiv to Kherson.
The first train, which will carry 200 passengers and whose wagons were decorated by Ukrainian painters, will leave kyiv at 22:14 local time (20:14 GMT) and its arrival in Kherson is scheduled for Saturday at 09:00 (07:00 GMT). /p>
Rail communication between the two cities will be regular: on even days the train will leave from kyiv and on odd days from Kherson.
Meanwhile , the fighting has intensified on other fronts, especially in Donbas.
Ukrainian forces launched an offensive in the direction of the town of Chervonopopovka, in the Luhansk region, but it was repulsed, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Friday.
“As a result of concentrated fire from Russian artillery, enemy units halted their advance and dispersed,” Defense spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said in his daily war report.
According to the soldier, at least 40 members of the Ukrainian Army died in that action, which also lost two artillery cars and two armored cars.
File image of service members of pro-Russian troops in a combat vehicle in the city of Lisichansk, in the Lugansk region (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
Artillery and flamethrowers to repel Ukrainian attacks
Next to the towns of Yagodne (Kharkiv region) and Kuzemovka (Lugansk region) Russian forces broke up attacks by Ukrainian troops with artillery fire and heavy flamethrowers.
“More than 50 Ukrainian servicemen were killed and two tanks and five armored vehicles were destroyed,” Konashenkov said.
The general claimed that Russian troops had seized control of the town of Opytne, located on the outskirts of Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed people's republic of the same name. “The enemy unsuccessfully tries to counterattack together with the towns of Sladkoe, Vladimirovka and Pavlovka of the Donetsk People's Republic in order to stop the advance of Russian troops,” he said.
(With information from EFE)