Ukraine: Russian Forces Say They 'Eliminated' Armed Group in Kherson | War in Ukraine
The Russian occupation authorities in Kherson say they “eliminated” an “unidentified” armed group on Saturday. (archive)
Russian occupation authorities in Kherson, southern Ukraine, claim that an armed group was destroyed during fighting Saturday evening in the center of this city, which is the target of a Ukrainian counter-offensive.
In the center of Kherson, a clash between Russian army units patrolling the streets of the city and an unidentified group, the occupation administration said on Telegram on Saturday evening.
After a brief fight, the attackers were eliminated, this source continued, adding that no Russian soldiers and no civilians were injured.
On the Ukrainian side, the spokeswoman for the army's Southern Command, Natalia Goumenyuk, denounced a provocation.
Speaking on a Ukrainian TV channel on Sunday morning, she said yesterday's shooting and explosions in Kherson were a provocation by the occupier.
“We warned that provocations were going to take place between September 17th and 20th. They are intended to tarnish the image of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
— Natalia Goumenyuk, spokeswoman for the Southern Command of the Ukrainian army
In Russia, the state media Vestiposted a video showing two armored personnel surrounded by soldiers during the incident, on an avenue in the Kherson railway station area. In this video, one of the tanks opens machine gun fire, while other shots are heard.
Sunday morning, a cadre of the x27;Russian occupation, Kirill Stremoussov, assured that the situation was calm in Kherson. The Nazis are trying to attack, but without success, he said on Telegram.
Since the end of August, Ukrainian troops have been carrying out a major offensive to retake the region and the city of Kherson, the country's only regional capital that fell to the Russians, in early March, days after the launch of the Kremlin attack.
Several cadres of the Russian occupation in the Kherson region and other Ukrainian territories conquered by Moscow have been killed in targeted attacks in recent months.