Ukraine Claims to Have Successfully Attacked Russian Military Base in Kherson

Ukraine Claims to Have Successfully Attacked Russian Military Base in Kherson
Ukrainian soldiers move during an operation to take back a settlement in the Kyiv region from Russian

International Military - Ukraine said on Friday (10/6/2022) it had attacked Russian military positions in the southern Kherson region where the Kiev army is fighting to retake territory captured by Moscow forces at the start of their invasion.

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"Our planes carried out a series of attacks on enemy bases, places of accumulation of equipment and personnel, and field depots in the vicinity of five different settlements in the Kherson region," the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

Kherson, just north of the Crimean peninsula which was annexed by Russia in 2014, was one of the first territories to come under Russian control after the February 24 invasion.

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Ukraine has launched an offensive to retake territory there. The Ukrainian presidency said in a briefing Friday morning that the military situation there remained "tense".

"A series of loud explosions were heard throughout the day, fighting continued on the territory's borders," he said. Moscow authorities in occupied Kherson have held a referendum on integration with Russia, reflecting the controversial vote in Crimea in 2014.

They previously announced the Russian currency, the ruble, was being introduced to the region.

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Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, saying it was seeking to demilitarize and "denazify," a claim that has been widely discredited. The focus of the war shifted eastward in late March after Russian troops withdrew from the area around the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

Most of the Donbas have been under Russian-backed separatist control since previous fighting in 2014-15. According to the United Nations, since the war began, at least 4,253 civilians have been killed and 5,141 injured along with thousands of soldiers on both sides, while more than 14 million people have fled their homes.

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