Situation for civilians in Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast getting worse, says operational command

9 June, 11:41 AM
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The situation for civilians in largely Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast is getting worse every day, the Operational Command Pivden (South) reported on Facebook on June 8.

According to the Ukrainian military, the Russian invaders are continuing to promote the idea of joining Kherson Oblast to Russia.

"Meanwhile, the situation in the region is getting worse every day," it said.

"The fighting has damaged many houses and infrastructure, killing and seriously injuring civilians who have been hampered by a lack of medicine.

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The situation is consistently difficult in the Kalynivske, Velyka Oleksandrivka, Vysokopillia, and Novovorontsovka territorial communities where hostilities are ongoing. It's almost impossible to leave and enter the occupied region – only through (Ukraine’s Russian-occupied) Crimea."

The command said that medical commissions of military enlistment offices in the occupied Crimea were falsifying the results of medical examinations of conscripts so as to achieve maximum recruitment.

At the same time, the Ukrainian military reiterates that conscripting civilians into the military in the occupied territories is a violation of international humanitarian law, and a war crime.

In addition, the command reported that the Russian invaders had used Uragan multiple launch rocket systems to attack the city of Mykolaiv.

"Trying to destroy the infrastructure and industry of the regional center, by night shelling, the enemy continues to put psychological pressure on the civilian population of the city," reads the report.

"Trying to find new places for missile strikes, the enemy conducted air reconnaissance of Mykolaiv region with the use of an Orlan-10 drone, which was traditionally destroyed by our anti-aircraft missile unit."

At the same time, the situation is under control in Odesa Oblast, in particular on the border with unrecognized Transnistria.

However, four Russian missile ships and a submarine equipped with 36 Kalibr cruise missiles have been stationed in the Black Sea.

On June 8, spokesperson of Ukraine's Defense Ministry Oleksandr Motuzianyk said that the Russian invaders had deployed Iskander-M missile systems near Kherson Oblast.

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