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Ukrainian troops claim they knocked out a bridge that hit Russian supply lines to the southern Kherson region.
The Russian-occupied territory is under attack by Ukrainian forces as part of a counter-offensive after it was captured by Vladimir Putin’s forces in the early stages of the war.
As part of the attack, the Antonivsky Bridge was reportedly rendered inoperative after long-range missile strikes a few weeks ago. Now a construction on the dam near Nova Kakhovka can not be used after attacks by Ukrainian troops.
“The Russians no longer have the option of fully handing over their equipment,” Serhii Khlan, a deputy of the Kherson Regional Council, wrote on Facebook. This claim has not been independently verified.
In other developments, police in Ukraine are investigating more than 26,000 possible war crimes committed by Russian soldiers and suspect more will be discovered if areas are liberated, Sky News reported.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy told the broadcaster: “Every day we record the deaths of many civilians. These are the crimes committed and committed by them [Russia] in the occupied territories.”
He added that Ukrainian authorities expected atrocities to be discovered in cities such as Mariupol and Severodonetsk, which are currently occupied by Russian forces.
Meanwhile, the Russian army stormed residential areas across Ukraine overnight. A Russian rocket attack on the city of Kramatorsk on Friday killed three people and injured 13 others, the mayor said.
The attack came less than a day after 11 other rockets were fired at the city, one of the two main Ukrainian cities in Donetsk province, the center of an ongoing Russian offensive to capture the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
A man investigates a destroyed Russian tank in Bucha Oblast. Moscow continues to violently attack Ukraine, especially in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkov and Kherson
(Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock)
Russia’s defense ministry claimed on Saturday that its troops had taken control of Pisky, a village on the outskirts of Donetsk city, the provincial capital claimed by pro-Moscow separatists since 2014.
Russian forces and Kremlin-backed rebels are trying to take Ukrainian-occupied areas north and west of the city of Donetsk to expand the separatist self-proclaimed republic.
Map of Occupied Territory in Ukraine
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But the Ukrainian army said on Saturday that its forces had prevented a nighttime advance into the smaller towns of Avdiivka and Bakhmut.
The Ukrainian governor of neighboring Luhansk province, part of the battle for the Donbas region and overrun by Russian forces last month, claimed Ukrainian forces still controlled a small area.
In Telegram, Luhansk governor Serhii Haidai wrote that defending troops holed up in an oil refinery on the outskirts of Lysychansk, a city Moscow claimed to have taken, and also control areas near a village.
“The enemy is setting fire to the ground at the entrances to the Luhansk region because it cannot overcome these few kilometers (Ukrainian resistance),” Haidai said.
“It is difficult to count how many thousands of shells this area of the free Luhansk region has endured over the past month and a half.”
A shelling hole in a factory building damaged in a rocket impact in the small town of Merefa near Kharkiv
Further west, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region reported more Russian shelling of the city of Nikopol, which sits across the Dnipro River from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
Governor Yevhen Yevtushenko did not specify whether Russian troops had fired at Nikopol from the occupied Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
He wrote on Telegram on Saturday that there were no casualties, but that residential buildings, a power line and a gas pipeline were damaged.
Russian and Ukrainian officials have been accusing each other for days of shelling the Zaporizhzhya plant in violation of nuclear safety rules.
Additional reporting by AP