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Ukraine says Russian troops looted, captured Kherson’s houses: Report 08Nov 2022

Ukraine says Russian troops looted, captured Kherson's houses, Ukraine has accused Russia of looting empty houses in the southern city of....

Ukraine says Russian troops looted, captured Kherson’s houses

Ukraine has accused Russia of looting empty houses in the southern city of Kherson and occupying it with soldiers in civilian clothing to prepare for further fighting against Kyiv’s forces.

In recent days, Russia has ordered civilians out of Kherson in anticipation of a Ukrainian offensive to recapture the city, the only regional capital Moscow has occupied since its invasion in February.

Both sides said that Kherson, with a pre-war population of about 300,000, has been left cold and dark after power and water to the surrounding area were cut off in the past 48 hours.

Russian-established officials blamed Ukrainian “sabotage” and said they were working to restore power. Ukrainian officials said the Russians had destroyed 1.5 km (0.9 mi) of power lines, and that power would probably not return until Ukrainian forces re-occupied the area.

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Kyiv has called the evacuation of the area a forced deportation, a war crime. Moscow says it is sending residents away for safety and denies abusing civilians.

Kherson is located in the only pocket of Russian-occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnieper River that divides Ukraine. Recapturing it has been the main focus of Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the south, which has intensified since early October.

Ukrainian forces on a nearby front line have told Reuters news agency in recent days that they expect a bitter fight against Russian troops, determined to recover the price of blood before being forced out.

Adviser to the President of Ukraine Mykhailo Podolik tweeted on Monday, “While Kherson residents are being forcibly deported from their homes, talking about the ‘evacuation’, the RU-Military and FSB officers are doing what they are supposed to do. Like most – robbing their houses.”

Ukraine’s military said in an overnight update that Russian forces, “in civilian clothing, occupy civilian premises and strengthen positions inside to conduct street fighting”.

The situation inside Kherson could not be independently confirmed.

Meanwhile, Ukraine announced on Monday that it has received more air defense systems from Western military allies, as officials in Kyiv said the power supply situation was “stressed” after prolonged Russian attacks on power facilities.

Ukraine says Russian troops looted, captured Kherson's houses
Ukraine says Russian troops looted, captured Kherson’s houses

Defense Minister Oleksey Reznikov announced on Monday that Ukraine has received the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) and the Italian Aspide Air Defense, which combines weapons supplied by Germany.

“NASAMS and Aspid Air Defense System arrived in Ukraine! These weapons will greatly strengthen the Ukrainian army and make our skies safer,” Reznikov said on social media.

Attacks by Moscow’s forces, including Iranian-made drones, have destroyed nearly 40 percent of Ukraine’s power stations over the past month and the government has urged Ukrainians to maximize power savings.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry said it was seeking several energy and construction companies “of strategic importance” to guarantee sufficient supplies for the military to deter Russia’s invasion.

Ukraine says Russian troops looted, captured Kherson’s houses

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