The villages and cities of Ukraine have experienced more violent fights and bombing while the Ukrainian and Russian forces were trying to move forward on different fronts after more than eight and a half months of war.
At least nine civilians were killed and 24 others injured in 24 hours, said the office of the Ukrainian president, accusing Russia of having used explosive drones, rockets, heavy artillery and planes to attack eight regions of the south-east of the country.
The Ukrainian and Russian forces also clashed overnight above Snihurivka, a city around 30 miles north of the southern city of Kherson.
The Ukrainian army hopes to recover the city occupied by Russia, the only regional capital captured during the invasion of Moscow on February 24 and a key target of an ongoing counter-offensive.
Kirill Stremousov, deputy chief of the administration appointed by the Kremlin of the Kherson region, said in a Telegram article that the Ukrainian army had “set foot” along a railway line in the north of Snihurivka. In a separate article, he said that the Russian forces had pushed the Ukrainian advance.
The Kherson region is one of the four provinces of Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin illegally annexed and later placed under the Russian martial law.
The Russian army has concentrated a large part of its firepower on the control of others – Lougansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia.
Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated that the restitution of all the occupied territories was a condition for everything in peace with Russia.
It is unlikely that the Kremlin renounces its internationally unrecognized claim in the regions annexed in September or on Crimea, which Russia seized Ukraine in 2014.
The president’s office said that the generalized Russian strikes on the Ukrainian energy system continued. He said two cities not far from the largest nuclear power plant in Europe had been bombed overnight.
More than 20 residential buildings, an industrial factory, a gas pipeline and a power line were reportedly damaged in Nikopol, which is across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
Further west, in the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Ukrainian governor reported “massive” night strikes with the Iranian manufacturing drone explosion who injured four workers in an energy company in the city of Dnipro.
“Attacks on civil infrastructure are war crimes in itself. The Kremlin is at war with Ukrainian civilians, trying to leave millions of people without water or light (so that they) freeze in winter, “Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said on Ukrainian television.
In a related development, a senior Russian security official arrived in Iran on Tuesday evening for high -level interviews, Russian media reported.
The news of Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the powerful Russian Security Council chaired by Mr. Putin, intervened a few days after Tehran admitted that he had provided drones in charge of explosives in Moscow after weeks of official denials.
A Washington-based reflection group linked Mr. Patrushev’s visit to probable discussions on the possible sale of Iranian soil-ground ballistic missiles in Russia.
The Institute for the Study of War said the Kremlin “continues its efforts to covertly acquire ammunition for use in Ukraine, to mitigate the effects of international sanctions and fill the continued depletion of Russia’s national ammunition stockpiles. “.
The increasingly close military and political cooperation between Moscow and Tehran at the time of the war in Ukraine worries the United States and other Western powers.