Russia pounds Kherson Oblast with 400 shells in 78 attacks in last 24 hours

15 March, 12:26 PM
Війська РФ щодня обстрілюють населені пункти Херсонської області (Photo:Lisi Niesner/Reuters)

Війська РФ щодня обстрілюють населені пункти Херсонської області (Photo:Lisi Niesner/Reuters)

Using Grad multiple launchers and heavy artillery, Russia’s invading forces launched almost 400 shells in 78 attacks on settlements in Kherson Oblast, regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin said on Telegram on March 15.

Other regions were also reportedly under attack.

The city of Kherson was itself shelled seven times, with 27 shells injuring four civilians, including two rescue workers, and damaging residential and business buildings.

Ukrainian Defense Forces are attempting to move the Russian army back at least 20 kilometers from the banks of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast to reduce the number of attacks, the South Command reported.

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Meanwhile, Russian forces continued to attack Donetsk Oblast. The regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko reported shelling of the town of Kurakhove on March 14.

Nearly 1,000 people were left without power after the attack, which damaged 14 residential high-rises.

"The power supply will be restored as soon as it’s safe enough to do so," Kyrylenko wrote on Facebook.

Earlier, invading Russian forces launched missiles at Kramatorsk city center on the morning on March 14. One person died and nine were injured in the attack.

As well as Kherson and Donetsk oblasts, Russian invasion troops regularly shell civilian residential areas in all Ukrainian oblasts near Russian or Russian-occupied territory, including Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Mykolaiv oblasts, killing people and damaging civilian infrastructure.

The International Criminal Court recently announced that it was opening two war crimes cases against Russia, including for its illegal attacks on civilian infrastructure.

Russia claims to have annexed Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts, but does not completely control any of them.

Russia lost control of the city of Kherson – the only major Ukrainian regional center it had managed to capture in its full-scale invasion – in early November 2022, and has been forced to retreat from parts of Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Kherson oblasts.

Russia continues to occupy around 18% of Ukraine’s territory, including Crimea and parts of Donbas that were invaded by Russia in 2014.

The Kremlin falsely declared it had annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 – a claim has only been recognized by a handful of the world’s rogue and pariah states.

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