Mayor calls on civilians to evacuate from Kherson Oblast

8 July, 10:24 AM
A Ukrainian soldier in a trench somewhere in the south of the country (Photo:REUTERS/Ана Кудріївцева)

A Ukrainian soldier in a trench somewhere in the south of the country (Photo:REUTERS/Ана Кудріївцева)

As the Ukrainian army continues its advance in the south, invading Russian forces might use civilians as a shield.

Yevhen Ryshchuk, mayor of the town of Oleshky in Kherson Oblast, has addressed local civilians, calling on them to leave the area amid the Ukrainian army’s advance in the country’s southern region.

In a Facebook post, he explained that evacuation should be considered by all the residents of Oleshky and neighboring territories of Kherson Oblast. Their houses are too close to places where the Russian army is stationing its troops, air-defense systems, equipment, and ammunition depots.

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“I strongly urge you to get away from here. The Ukrainian army is coming! Death to our enemies! Don’t be a shield in enemy’s hands,” Ryshchuk wrote.

Earlier, Ukrainian Armed Forces liberated two villages in Kherson Oblast –  Potyomkyne and Ivanivky.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also published a statement about the success of the army’s counter-advance in Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts, where it’s been using several tactical lines for moving forward.

"Ukrainian forces have been successfully using the artillery supplied by our Western allies,” Zelenskyy added.

The latest supplies include HIMARS and NASAMS rocket launchers, and powerful long-range artillery. HIMARS has been receiving lots of praise from the Ukrainian soldiers.

Meanwhile, the Russian army is also actively using artillery and missiles to hit the targets along the frontlines.

 Mykhailo Podolyak, Ukraine's presidential adviser, has said Russians now use older versions of missiles coming from the 1960s and 1970s that wouldn’t let their artillery be as precise in targeting as Ukrainian artillery.

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