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Ukrainian military said on Saturday that during the fighting in the Kherson region, a significant number of Russian soldiers were killed and two ammunition depots were destroyed.
The Kherson region is the center of Kyiv’s counter-offensive in the south and an important link in Moscow’s supply routes. It was the first major city captured by the Russians since the start of the war at the end of February.
The southern command of Ukraine reported the death of more than 100 Russian fighters and the destruction of seven tanks during the fighting on Friday in the Kherson region.
Yury Sobolevsky, First Deputy Head of the Kherson Regional Council, urged residents of the region to stay away from Russian ammunition depots.
“The Ukrainian army is pouring on the Russians, and this is just the beginning,” Sobolevsky wrote on Telegram.
Governor of the Kherson region Dmitry Butriy said that Berislavsky district, which is located across the river to the north-west of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, was especially affected.
“In some villages, not a single whole house is left, the entire infrastructure is destroyed, people live in basements,” he wrote on Telegram.
The UK Department of Defense tweeted that Russian troops probably installed two pontoon bridges and a ferry crossing in the Kherson region in response to damage to nearby bridges from recent strikes.
Ukraine’s southern command has said rail links to Kherson across the Dnieper River have been cut, which could further isolate the Russian military west of the river from supplies to Crimea and to the east.
Long-range missile systems supplied by the West have been used by Ukraine to damage three bridges over the Dnieper River in recent weeks, blocking Kherson region.
“As a result of the shelling to establish control over the main transport routes in the occupied territory, it was established that it was impossible to move along the railway bridge across the Dnieper,” the southern command of Ukraine said in a statement.
Reuters contributed to this report.