Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Moscow’s new commander of operations in Ukraine, General Sergey Surovikin, says the state of Russia’s ‘special military operation’ in Kherson is ‘very difficult’, amid efforts by Kyiv to retake the region from southern Ukraine.

“The Russian military will ensure the safe evacuation of the population,” Surovikin said.

Ukraine has made significant gains towards Kherson in recent weeks along the west (or right) bank of the Dnipro River. The head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Agency said he hopes to retake the city by the end of the year.

The Kremlin announced last week that its forces would help evacuate residents of occupied Kherson to other areas to get residents out of harm’s way, in the latest indication that Russian forces are struggling in the face of Ukrainian advances.

Ukraine’s deputy head of the Kherson region called Russia’s “evacuations” a “semi-voluntary deportation of the Ukrainian population.” The practice has raised serious concerns among international bodies and human rights groups, who have said it could constitute a crime against humanity.

Ukraine’s military said on Monday that Russian forces were busy building fortifications in the Kherson region and moving civilians to Crimea.

The Russian-backed leader in Ukraine’s Kherson region also announced on Tuesday that there would be further “organized relocation” of civilians away from frontline settlements.

“I have taken the difficult but correct decision to announce the organized relocation of the civilian population from the communities of Beryslav, Bilozerka, Snihurivka and Oleksandrivka to the left bank of the Dnipro,” Vladimir Saldo said on Telegram, referring to the bank. east of the river. .
“This decision was motivated by the creation of large-scale defensive fortifications so that any attack could be repelled. There is no place for civilians where the military operates. Let the Russian army do its job.

Saldo said that all civilians who decide to go “to the regions of Russia” will receive housing assistance.

A bit of context: A July report by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said Russia’s “mass deportation of civilians” could, along with other alleged abuses, amount to crimes against humanity.

The OSCE mission that wrote the report wrote that 1.3 million Ukrainian citizens had been forcibly deported to Russia and said there was evidence that tens of thousands of civilians had been detained in so-called filtration centers before being transported to areas controlled by Russia. eastern Ukraine.


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