Russian occupation authorities in Ukraine's southern Kherson region, annexed by Moscow, on Friday accused Kyiv forces, which they immediately denied, of killing four people while shelling the Antonovsky Bridge on the Dnieper River, used for evacuations.
“Four people were killed,” said Kirill Stremoussov, deputy head of the Russian occupation in Kherson, on Telegram. “The city of Kherson, like a fortress, is preparing its defense,” he added.
The Ukrainian army quickly denied having targeted civilians: “We are not hitting essential infrastructure, we are not hitting peaceful settlements and the local population,” the spokeswoman for the Southern Command told Ukrainian television. army, Natalia Goumeniouk.
The pro-Russian forces, for their part, urged civilians to move to the left bank of the Dnieper while the Ukrainian forces are carrying out a counter-offensive. Kyiv has called this kind of population displacement “deportation”.
The Russian occupation administration had claimed earlier that Kyiv had fired “12 (long-range rockets) HIMARS at a civilian crossing point near the Antonovsky Bridge” and that Russian anti-aircraft defense had shot down eleven.
Russian television showed footage of a damaged car and a traffic jam of vehicles waiting to cross the river.
On Thursday, Mr Stremousov said that 15,000 people had passed the river to take refuge on the left bank, during evacuations organized by pro-Russian forces. He had assured that Russia would not abandon Kherson, the first major city in Ukraine to fall into the hands of Russian forces in March, shortly after the start of their offensive.
“Kherson will resist until the last” man, he said.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin imposed martial law in the Ukrainian regions of Kherson, Lugansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhia, annexed in September by Moscow, but that the Russian army does not fully control.
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