Ukraine says it launched a counterattack in the southern Kherson region. The target is the city of Nova Katsgovka, located on the southern bank of the Dnieper River. The death toll is not yet clear: according to the Russians, seven civilians were killed, and the French news agency AFP reported the deaths of 50 Russian soldiers.
According to the local pro-Russian authorities in the occupied territories, the bombing of Ukrainian units on Monday evening hit hundreds of homes, a hospital and a warehouse containing nitric acid. At least seven people were said to have been killed and dozens wounded. The Ukrainians are also said to have fired at civilian targets in the city, using the US M142-HIMARS portable missile system.
However, the Ukrainian armed forces are talking about the bombing of a weapons depot in the city, 60 km east of the regional capital Kherson. At least 50 Russian soldiers were killed, according to Agence France-Presse. Unverified photos of a massive explosion and a huge cloud of smoke spread on social media. The reports of both warring parties could not be verified.
Ukraine has declared several times that it wants to recover the occupied territories and has called on the inhabitants of the front to leave. At the beginning of the war, the area south of the Dnieper River was quickly occupied by Russian troops from the Crimea. Kherson also fell into the hands of the Russians.
Russia and its pro-Russian Ukrainian allies are trying to Russianize the region, including a new pro-Russian leadership, the Russian currency, Russian media, and the provision of Russian passports.