Ukraine’s campaign to attack Russian supply lines and ammunition storage sites behind the front lines continued this weekend, with Ukrainian officials launching another long-range strike against Russian military positions in the southern region of Kherson gave information.
Serhi Khalan, a member of the regional council of Kherson, said on Sunday there was “an outright hit” on the military unit of the occupiers on Pestelia Street in the city of Kherson.
Khalan claimed that the unit was hit twice on Sunday morning.
Images and videos from the geographic location of Kherson show a thick column of gray smoke in the air on Sunday morning.
“Witnesses reported crying Russians under the rubble. The occupants shoot into the air when someone tries to get closer,” Khalan said.
He told Ukrainian television: “Thanks to modern Western weapons, Russian air defense cannot stop artillery [fire],
Khalan also spoke of the hardship faced by citizens trying to leave the area.
“With regard to the evacuation from the Kherson region, there is no human corridor. People leave through Vasilievka towards Zaporizhzhya at their own risk; the queue for cars can last from one to two weeks,” said Khalan.
He claimed: “The occupiers demand money for departure or even take away personal belongings from our people. In the case of moving to Crimea, there is a risk of being taken to filtration camps.”
There is anecdotal evidence that hundreds of Kherson residents entered the Crimea and then traveled through Russia or Turkey.
What happened? Sunday’s attack follows a series of explosions on Saturday near the airport in Kherson and an ammunition storage site in the Donetsk region.
The official Russian news agency TASS reported four explosions in the sky over the city of Kherson, which were caused by Russian air defense systems.
TASS said that its correspondent in Kherson reported smoke on Perekopskaya Street in the middle of the city.
“Quit Kherson”: Earlier on Friday, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk called on residents to evacuate the Kherson region.
“I urge you by all means to evacuate as soon as possible. Do not wait,” said Vereshchuk.
“People should look for an opportunity to leave because our armed forces will be captured. There will be a big fight,” he said.
He warned residents that they could be used as human shields by the Russians and that it was dangerous to live in the districts occupied by the Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions.
Alexander Khinshtein, a deputy in the Duma (parliament) of the Russian Federation, denied Ukraine’s claims of a hit.
“Ukrainian sources happily make false counterfeits about the missile attack on the base of the Russian Guard in Kherson,” he said on Telegram. “The missile hit a 4-storey building, where used to be one of the support units of the Russian Guard. A day earlier, it was transferred to another location.”
Images geolocated by CNN show the badly damaged building is in the middle of Kherson, but it is not clear whether it was occupied at the time it was struck.
Ukrainian military intelligence on Monday claimed to have intercepted a call among Russian troops, with one saying the Ukrainian military had “hit the most important command. They hit the f****ng hard.” The soldier said 12 were killed in the attack.
CNN is unable to verify the authenticity of the call.