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Ukraine: Pro-Russian authorities call on civilians to leave Kherson | War in Ukraine

Evacuations have been underway since Wednesday, but Saturday's call takes on a heightened urgency.

Evacuations are in classes since Wednesday, but Saturday's roll call takes on added urgency.

Pro-Russian authorities in Russia's annexed Kherson region in southern Ukraine on Saturday called on all civilians to leave the regional capital “immediately” in the face of advancing forces from kyiv.

All civilian residents of Kherson must leave the city immediately, the region's pro-Russian occupation administration said on Telegram on Saturday, citing a tense situation in the front and an increased danger of massive bombings.

Evacuations to the left bank of the Dnieper River, which borders Kherson, have been underway since Wednesday. But Saturday's call takes on added urgency. About 25,000 people have already been evacuated, Kherson official Kirill Stremousov told Russian news agency Interfax on Saturday.

Evacuations have been underway since Wednesday, but Saturday's call takes on a heightened sense of urgency.

kyiv is making progress on the ground, but still faces heavy reprisals by the air, firing Russian rockets across its territory, which President Volodymyr Zelensky denounces as a campaign of terror.

The aggressor continues to terrorize our country. During the night, he launched a massive attack, with 36 rocket attacks, the Ukrainian president counted on Saturday on social networks.

Russian forces carried out a new attack with missiles at energy facilities of major networks in western regions of Ukraine, Ukrainian operator Ukrenergo announced on social media on Saturday.

In addition to urban areas, Russian forces have targeted major energy networks in western regions, according to Ukrainian authorities.

More than a million households are without electricity in Ukraine following Russian strikes on energy infrastructure in the country, detailed on Saturday an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

To date, 672,000 subscribers have been disconnected in the Khmelnytskyi region, 188,400 in the Mikolaiv region, 102,000 in the Volyn region, 242,000 in the Cherkasy region, 174,790 in the Rivne region, 61,913 in the Kirovograd region and 10,500 in the Odessa region, he counted.

“S&#x27 there is no power, electricity and water in Ukraine, this may trigger a new migratory tsunami. »

— Denys Chmygal, Prime Minister of Ukraine

Mr. Chmygal issued this warning in an interview to be published on Sunday in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

An electrician works to repair a bomb-damaged power line above a former battlefield in the Kharkiv region.

Russia wants to offer the x27;Ukraine a cold winter, during which people could literally freeze to death. This could lead to a planned humanitarian catastrophe the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II, warned Chmygal, who is due to attend the German-Ukrainian economic forum in Berlin on Monday.

At a station in the town of Dzhankoy in northern Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, residents of Kherson boarded a train for southern Russia, found on Friday an AFP reporter.

We are leaving Kherson, because heavy shelling has started there, we are afraid for our lives, said Valentina Yelkina, a pensioner who traveling with his daughter.

Another Kherson resident, Yelena Bekesheva, 70, said she was on her way to Moscow. We didn't immediately make the decision [to leave], but then we were invited by our friends and relatives, she told AFP.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated himself on Friday evening in a video on the good results of his army in this very strategic region where, he said, more than 30 Russian armored vehicles were captured .

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Kherson was the first major town to be taken by Russian forces at the start of their offensive launched on February 24.

On the ground, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, reported on Friday that 88 localities were taken back from Russian forces in the Kherson region.

Energy restrictions are now being forcibly enforced in several Ukrainian regions, including the capital kyiv and its region, according to Ukrenergo.

At the same time, Ukrainians have already voluntarily reduced their consumption electricity by 5% to 20% on average on certain days and in certain regions, Ukrenergo boss Volodymyr Kudrytsky told AFP.

Two people were killed on Saturday in Ukrainian strikes against the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, the region's governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, also said on Saturday.

The shelling targeted civilian infrastructure in the town of Chebekino, Gladkov said on Telegram. About 15,000 people were left without power, he said.

Russia denounced in mid-October a considerable increase in Ukrainian fire on several Russian border regions, including that of Belgorod, but also those of Kursk and Briansk.

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