A strategic major city has been seized overnight and Russian forces have “flattened” another with relentless artillery strikes with the intention to “destroy” Ukrainians.
There has been widespread reports of a large number of civilian casualties with artillery shelling in residential areas.
Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson, said Russian troops have taken a major strategic southern provincial capital and are now in “complete control” of Kherson.
Late last night the city’s Mayor comfirmed that “armed visitors” were in the streets of Kherson where the Dnipro River flows into the Black Sea.
In a statement late on Wednesday, Kolykhayev said, “There were armed visitors in the city executive committee today.
“My team and I are peaceful people – we had no weapons and there was no aggression from our side… I didn’t make any promises to them… I just asked them not to shoot people.”
Kolykhayev pleaded with the Russians forces not to shoot at civilians and said he had agreed to certain conditions.
These conditions include that people only walk through the streets in daylight, in ones and twos, to keep the city running under a “military administration.”
The Kremlin has said their actions in Ukraine are a “special operation” that is not designed to occupy territory.
Their direct intention is to destroy the Ukraine’s military capabilities and capture what they regards as “dangerous nationalists.”
The southern port city of Mariupol is also being “flattened” by relentless artillery, with the Mayor Vadym Boichenko saying: ‘Their mission is to destroy us.
“We cannot even take the wounded from the streets, from houses and apartments today, since the shelling does not stop.”