Ukraine Hits Back in Kherson At Russia's “Land Bridge” To Crimea
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said Friday it had conducted airstrikes on the Russian military positions in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region. “Our aircraft carried out a series of strikes on enemy bases, places of accumulation of equipment and personnel, and field depots around five different settlements in the Kherson region,” the Ukrainian defense ministry said in a released statement. Kherson, which is located just north of the Crimean peninsula was the first city to be taken by Russian forces after they launched the February 24 invasion. Since taking Kherson, the Russians have installed a puppet government, cut off the flow of the news and internet except for the official Russian propaganda, installed Russian teachers into schools, and forced the citizens to use the Russian ruble.
“The city of Kherson is Russia; there will be no the KNR [Kherson People’s Republic] on the territory of the Kherson region, there will be no referendums,” said Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the military administration that Russia installed in a briefing back in April. “It will be a single decree based on the appeal of the leadership of the Kherson region to the president of the Russian Federation, and there will be a request to make [Kherson] into a full-fledged region of the Russian Federation. Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), in a speech to the organization called Russia’s actions in Kherson as the “Kremlin’s laboratory of horrors. “The Kremlin’s pre-planned, multi-faceted campaign to absorb Kherson lays bare the truth of its vision of a subjugated, Russified Ukraine.
Carpenter said that Russia’s aims were quite clear when he quoted Russia’s former president Dmitry Medvedev, who wants Ukrainians exterminated. Meanwhile, Russian forces have reportedly repaired 750 miles of railroad track to facilitate bringing “full-fledged traffic” to flow from Russia to the Donbas, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei K. The Russians also have turned back on the North Crimean Canal, a source of fresh water to the Crimea.
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