Russian occupation “authorities” have introduced strict restrictions on civilians moving between towns in the Russian-held areas of Kherson Oblast, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said in a Telegram post on Sept. 8.
“Specifically, Russian troops open fire – without warning – on civilian cars that approach pontoon river crossings,” Malyar said.
According to the official, Russian forces use schools and kindergartens as cover from Ukrainian artillery strikes.
“We can’t rule out them using children as human shields,” Malyar added.
French general and foreign affairs expert Dominique Trinquand said on Sept. 7 that under current dynamics, Ukraine could manage to liberate Kherson by October.
Citing senior U.S. and Ukrainian officials, CNN reported that Kyiv plans to seize both Kherson and Nova Kakhovka from Russian forces by the end of 2022.