Russia reinforces Crimea after Ukraine recaptures Jershon | International

Ukrainian artillery is already firing daily on the left bank of the Dnieper River, where the Russian army retreated after losing all territory on the right bank, including the regional capital of Kherson, to damage Russian positions.

After the liberation by Ukrainian forces of the northern third of the Jershon region, Russia began to reinforce the neighboring Crimean peninsula.

It is one that was annexed by the Kremlin in 2014, fearing a further advance of Kievan troops on the southern front.

According to Ukraine’s Southern Command spokeswoman Nataliya Gumenyuk, Russian troops have been forced to withdraw between 15 and 20 kilometers to the left bank due to pressure from Kyiv’s forces.

Russia fears for the fate of Crimea

The possibility of the Ukrainian army forcing the Dnieper and recovering the entire Kherson region is of great concern to the Russian military command, as it would have a clear path to try to break into Crimea.

The head of the executive branch of the annexed Ukrainian peninsula, Sergei Aksionov, announced on Friday that fortifications are being built in Crimea to ensure the safety of the inhabitants.

“The measures taken by the Russian armed forces and law enforcement officers on behalf of the president (Vladimir Putin) are enough to make Crimea feel safe,” Aksionov said in a video posted to Telegram.

However, he admitted that additional “fortification works to ensure the security of Crimea” are being carried out under his direct supervision.

Aksiónov stressed that the most important measures for the security of Crimea should be taken in the neighboring Jershon region.

The authorities installed by Moscow in Jerson, annexed by Russia along with the Zaporiya region and the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk last September 30.

The measure was announced before Russian troops withdrew from the city of Kherson and the northern third of the region of the same name a week ago.

First train from Kiev to Kherson in over 8 months

Ukraine is now immersed in “stabilization measures” to finalize political, military, police, economic and social control over the liberated area.

On Friday, the Ukrainian Railways, Ukrazaliznytsia, decided to resume train traffic from Kiev with destination Jerson.

The first train, which will carry 200 passengers and whose carriages are decorated by Ukrainian painters, will depart Kiev at 10:14 p.m. local time and arrive in Kherson at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The train connection between the two cities will be regular: on even days the train will depart from Kiev and on odd days from Jershon.

Meanwhile, fighting has intensified on other fronts, especially in Donbas.

Ukrainian forces launched an offensive towards the town of Chervonopopovka, in the Luhansk region, but it was repulsed, the Russian defense ministry said today.

At least 40 members of the Ukrainian army died in the action, the army said, with the loss of two artillery vehicles and two armored vehicles.

Artillery and flamethrowers to repel Ukrainian attacks

In addition to the cities of Yagodne (Kharkov region) and Kuzemovka (Lugansk region), Russian forces destroyed two separate attacks by Ukrainian troops with artillery fire and heavy flamethrowers.

“More than 50 Ukrainian soldiers died and two tanks and five armored vehicles were destroyed,” Konashenkov said.

The general stated that Russian troops had seized 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 is trying in vain to counterattack together with the cities of Sladkoe, Vladimirovka and Pavlovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic to stop the advance of Russian troops,” he said.

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