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Pro-Russian authorities continued the evacuation of civilians from Kherson on Thursday as Ukrainian troops are pushing to recapture the southern city.
“We have been evacuating civilians,” pro-Russia official Kirill Stremousov wrote on Telegram, adding that around 15,000 people have been evacuated so far.
A local journalist told Efe that the Russians use two ferries, with a capacity for about 250 people, to transport people and that each ferry has made two crossings per day.
Brig. Gen. Oleksiy Gromov explained that Russia’s priority is to stop the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kherson, saying it had deployed 45 battalions there to repel the offensive.
The UK ministry of defense, meanwhile, said it is likely that Russian authorities are “seriously considering” a major withdrawal of their forces from the area west of the Dnipro river.
Russian strikes against energy infrastructure in Ukraine have already destroyed 30% of the nation’s power plants, forcing the war-torn country to restrict power use.
So far, Russia has carried out up to 300 attacks against Ukrainian energy infrastructure, energy minister German Galushchenko said.
Ukrainians have reduced electricity consumption by up to 10%, but the government wants to reach at least 20%, otherwise, Kyiv will have to impose forced cuts.
National energy company Ukrenergo had to introduce a “temporary controlled restriction” in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Sumy and Poltava because usage was rapidly increasing in these cities.