Local authorities encourage people to leave Kherson
The city council of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, on Friday evening asked residents to leave the city and surrounding communities due to repeated strikes by the Russian army.
Russian troops continue to terrorize our territorial community. Localities near the Dnieper River are the most affected. Due to the constant attacks, it is almost impossible to ensure a stable supply of heat and water there. The best option to protect yourself and your loved ones is to evacuate to safer places.
According to Kherson Oblast Governor Oleksandr Prokudin, Russia attacked Ukrainian-controlled areas of the oblast 74 times within 24 hours, firing 423 heavy artillery shells and Grad multiple rocket launchers.
According to the governor, the city of Kherson was hit four times, and “twelve shells hit residential areas, private apartment buildings and a medical facility”. One person was killed, and 87 people were evacuated from the oblast, Prokudin said on Telegram.
Areas on the western bank of the Dnieper were liberated by Ukrainian forces in November 2022. Russian forces were pushed back to the eastern bank of the river, from where they fire on the liberated territories.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Kherson region on Thursday, the day after a trip to the eastern front. He went in particular to Possad-Pokrovske, a locality occupied by Moscow troops until the fall of 2022, which suffered significant destruction.