18-year-old boy killed during Russian shelling of Kherson

5 January, 02:25 PM
Kherson (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Voitenko)

Kherson (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Voitenko)

The invaders shelled the center of Kherson, killing an 18-year-old boy, head of Kherson Oblast Military Administration, Yaroslav Yanushevych, wrote on Telegram on Jan. 5.

“The Russian invaders have just attacked the central part of Kherson — they hit a house. An 18-year-old boy died on the spot from his injuries,” he wrote.

On Jan. 4, the Russian troops shelled Kherson and the settlements of Kherson Oblast with artillery, rocket launchers, mortars and tanks.

Russian invasion forces in Ukraine have been shelling the city of Kherson regularly since retreating in early November from the part of Kherson Oblast on the right bank of the Dnipro River.

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Kherson was the only regional center that Russia managed to occupy following the launch of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Russia occupied the city for about nine months, and in September the Kremlin falsely claimed that it had annexed Kherson and three other Ukrainian oblasts.

However, following a lighting offensive that liberated practically all of Kharkiv Oblast from Russian invasion forces, the Ukrainian army began to oust Russian army units from the positions in right-bank Kherson Oblast, and by Nov. 11 had liberated the city of Kherson.

Russian invasion forces continue to occupy much of the rest of the oblast, however, and periodically shell the city of Kherson and other liberated towns in the oblast from artillery positions across the Dnipro river.

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