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Ukraine: 'There Are No Holidays for the Enemy'

Russian barrage kills four people in Kherson region

(Newser) - Russian shelling in southern Ukraine's Kherson region killed four people Sunday, including an 87-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife who died after a strike on their apartment building. The barrage injured nine other people, including a 15-year-old, sparked fires in homes and at a private medical facility, and set...

Ukraine Says Russia Shelled Flooded Area During Evacuation

Zelensky visited disaster area hours earlier

(Newser) - Russian forces on Thursday shelled a southern Ukrainian city that was inundated in a catastrophic dam collapse , Ukrainian officials said, forcing a suspension of some rescue work hours after President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to the area to assess the damage. At least five people have died, many are homeless, and...

UN Says at Least 16K Lost Homes in Dam Breach

Ukrainians scramble to escape floodwaters

(Newser) - As shelling from Russia’s war on Ukraine echoed overhead, dozens of evacuees on an island in the Dnieper River scurried onto the tops of military trucks or into rafts to flee rising floodwaters caused by the breach of a dam upstream. A stalled military truck stuck in swelling waters...

Ukrainians Flee Recaptured City
Ukrainians Flee Recaptured City

Ukrainians Flee Recaptured City

Russian shelling drives out Kherson residents, weeks after celebrations

(Newser) - Weeks after filling the streets in celebration after the city's recapture , residents again are fleeing the southern Ukraine city of Kherson. The first train bound for the west carried 100 people, CNN reports, including 20 children and seven bedridden hospital patients. City officials are encouraging residents to leave and...

New Russian Barrage Targets Ukraine Infrastructure

63 bodies with signs of torture found in Kherson

(Newser) - Russian airstrikes inflicted more damage on Ukraine on Thursday, with the latest barrage smashing into energy infrastructure, apartment buildings, and an industrial site. At least four people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded in drone and missile strikes around the country, authorities said. In Kyiv, the city’...

It's a 'Humanitarian Catastrophe' in Kherson

City is largely without water, power, heat, and much more

(Newser) - There was celebrating in the streets after Russia withdrew from Ukraine's Kherson region , but the New York Times reports that a "humanitarian disaster looms." The city of Kherson is mostly lacking heat, water, power, and cellphone service; food and medicine are also scarce. And with Ukrainian military...

'Let Me Hug You,' City Tells Returning Troops

Celebration shows Russian claims about Ukrainians in the south and east were wrong, official says

(Newser) - "We waited for you! We love you!" a crowd in Kherson's downtown square called to the first returning Ukrainian troops on Saturday, ending a Russian occupation of nearly nine months. The troops piled out of vehicles and plunged into the crowd for the heroes' welcome, the New ...

Russia Says It Will Retreat From Kherson
Russia: Withdrawal From
Kherson Is Complete

Russia: Withdrawal From Kherson Is Complete

Unconfirmed video purports to show locals hugging Ukrainian soldiers in celebration

(Newser) - Russia now says it has completely withdrawn its forces from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. Russia's Defense Ministry says there is "not a single piece of military equipment or weapons" left on the western bank of the Dnipro River and remaining troops have been moved to the...

Russia Swipes Potemkin's Remains From Ukraine

Bones of Prince Grigory Potemkin stolen from Kherson church for their own 'protection': official

(Newser) - Russia has held a grip on the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson and its capital of the same name since the earliest days of the war. Kherson is also one of the four regions that were illegally annexed by Russia earlier this month. But Ukrainian forces have been pushing hard...

Putin: 'Will of Millions' That We Annex a 5th of Ukraine

Ukraine, West don't recognize 'sham' referendums on Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin's announcement on Friday wasn't an unexpected one, but it's one that is already receiving international pushback. The Russian president informed the world that his country would be annexing four regions of Ukraine—Luhansk and Donetsk in the east, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south—after...

Russia Claims Huge Majorities Voted for Annexation

Medvedev repeats nuclear threat, taunts NATO

(Newser) - The results of the widely condemned referendums in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine are in—and according to Russian state media, all four regions voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia. State media said 98% voted in favor of the measure in Donetsk and Luhansk with 93% in favor in the...

New Twist May Raise the Stakes in Ukraine War
New Twist May Raise
the Stakes in Ukraine War

New Twist May Raise the Stakes in Ukraine War

Separatist regions to hold quick referendums to become part of Russia

(Newser) - It's no secret that Ukraine's military has been making big gains against Russian forces, gains that have Ukrainian officials talking about forcing the Russians out completely. Now, however, comes a potentially major wrinkle. Amid the Ukrainian military surge, four regions at least partially controlled by Russian troops plan...

We Will Join Russia, Says Pro-Moscow Official in Kherson

Request to include southern Ukrainian region in Russian Federation to be made by year's end

(Newser) - A Pro-Russia administration official in the Russian-occupied region of Kherson in southern Ukraine says the region will request annexation by Russia by the year's end. "The city of Kherson is Russia," Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of Kherson's Russia-installed administration, told reporters on Wednesday, per the...

Ukrainian Armed Forces: 'Occupiers Are Burning'

Officials claim to have sunk Russian tank-landing ship, damaged others in Berdyansk

(Newser) - The Russian-controlled port of Berdyansk in southern Ukraine is burning. Videos shared on social media Thursday morning showed the port on the Sea of Azov, about 50 miles southwest of besieged Mariupol , where several Russian warships were docked, in flames as the Ukrainian Navy claimed to have sunk a Russian...

Anti-Occupation Protest Violently Dispersed

Ukraine says Russian forces used gunfire, stun grenades in Kherson

(Newser) - Russian forces violently dispersed a protest Monday in Kherson, a southern Ukraine city occupied early in the invasion, Ukrainian authorities say. Hundreds of people can be seen running away and heavy gunfire can be heard in video from the city's Freedom Square. "Russian security forces ran up, started...

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