Ukraine’s defenses continue to consolidate liberated territories in the east of the country as Russian forces regroup, Ukraine’s military said on Sunday.
“The enemy is massing troops in different directions, looking for ways to withdraw reserves and conducting aerial reconnaissance. They are increasing inspections in occupied settlements,” the army’s Southern Operational Command said via Facebook.
Officials described the situation in the southern Kherson region as “tense” and a regional military officer said the humanitarian situation in the liberated settlements was difficult.
“Ukrainian police, humanitarian aid (water, food) enter unoccupied settlements. The main tasks are to provide people with water, electricity, wood and building materials,” Ukrainian military adviser Serhii Khlan said on national television on Sunday.
A clash in Kherson: Russian security forces clashed with “a group of armed men” in occupied Kherson on Saturday, Russian state news agency TASS reported.
TASS has not released the identity of the “gunmen” or how many of them were in the group.
Ukraine’s Southern Operations Command described the shooting as a provocation by the Russians, which they consider “counter-subversive measures, trying to accuse the Armed Forces of Ukraine of mindless street fighting among the civilian population.”
The operational command also said that Russian forces are shelling “civilian houses, objects of civil and critical infrastructure” in the Kherson region.
Elsewhere in the south of the country, explosions were heard in Melitopol, according to the city’s mayor.
“For the third day, explosions are heard in the city. Yesterday morning and evening, warehouses with ammunition and enemy military equipment located on the banks of the Molochny estuary were exploded. Some time ago, the Russians removed their equipment from the city of Melitopol and placed it on the edge of the estuary,” Mayor Ivan Fedorov said on Ukrainian national television.