According to Serhii Khlan, adviser to the head of Kherson’s civilian military administration, Russian troops will no longer be able to use the railway linking Crimea to Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, which Russians have occupied since the early days of the invasion.
“This is the branch that went through Kalanchak, Brylivka to the Oleshky railway station and over the railway bridge to Kherson itself,” he said, adding that another route was from Crimea to Melitopol.
“It was there that the occupiers delivered their trains and unloaded them a little further than Novooleksiyivka in Henichesk district. Yesterday another convoy with equipment and ammunition was destroyed there,” he added.
DailyExpertNews reported on Tuesday that there had been explosions in the Henichesk area.
Ukrainian forces — fighter jets, missiles and long-range missiles — have focused for more than a month on hitting Russian supply lines, command centers and ammunition stockpiles in Kherson.
Russian ground forces typically rely on rail links to move armor and ammunition.
Meanwhile, the mayor in the neighboring Russian-occupied city of Melitopol said the resistance and attacks continue — just as Russian troops are being reinforced there.
Mayor Ivan Fedorov, who is no longer in the city, told Ukrainian television that Tuesday was “the third night of hell for the occupiers in the territory of occupied Melitopol”.
He said two explosions were heard Tuesday evening near the village of Kyrylivka, a coastal town on the Sea of Azov.
“Then, thick smoke was observed for several hours,” Fedorov said. “Over the past few weeks, the occupiers have brought a large amount of equipment to the coast of the estuary at Radyvonivka, as well as to the coast of the Sea of Azov at Kyrylivka.”
Fedorov also claimed that “guerrillas” had damaged the office of Russia’s United Russia party, which was based in Melitopol, on Tuesday evening.
He also repeated claims that Russian troops were preventing people from leaving Melitopol.
“People are leaving the occupied territories en masse. Evacuation is very difficult. The occupiers did not release the cars for two days. …The number of deaths in the queue at the exit has reached 10. Currently more than 1,000 cars are waiting to leave”, he claimed.
Fedorov said the Russians were forcing people to send their children to Russian-backed schools.
“The occupiers are using various methods to force parents to send their children to schools to study according to the Russian curriculum. The occupiers reported that they will not let children outside the occupied territory from September 1. Those parents who take their children to school will 10,000 rubles as financial support from the occupiers,” he said.
DailyExpertNews cannot confirm the allegations.