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Rail services suspended across most of Crimea after munitions dump explosion

Russia’s presence in parts of southern Ukraine is becoming increasingly tenuous as Ukrainian long-range systems – many supplied by Western allies – target their supply lines, Ukrainian officials said .

Ivan Fedorov, mayor of occupied Melitopol in the Zaporizhzhia region, said the destruction of a railway bridge southwest of the city over the weekend further complicated Russian supply routes.

Fedorov, who is not in the city, told Ukrainian television that “the enemy uses Melitopol as a logistics center for transportation, transshipment of ammunition and heavy weapons. The enemy transports most of the ammunition by On the night of August 13- August 14, a railway bridge exploded, the enemy still could not restore it, the rubble was being dismantled.
“We are witnessing the migration of servicemen from Kherson to Melitopol. Servicemen are taking their families out of Melitopol.”

The Russians have tightened security in Melitopol, controlling the local population, he added. “Massive filtering of local civilians continues in Melitopol, in people’s homes, in the streets,” he said.

Fedorov said the Russian security service (FSB), Russian reserve guards and Chechen special units were present in the city.

Up to 6,000 people were queuing to be evacuated, he said. “People wait five to seven days, spend the night on the side of the roads. It’s faster to leave through Crimea, people also take this route,” he said.

Kherson attacks: Meanwhile, Serhii Khlan, adviser to the head of the civil-military administration in Kherson, told Ukrainian television on Monday that persistent attacks by Ukrainian forces on bridges over the Dnipro River had caused serious difficulties for Russian forces.

“The impossibility (of the Russians) to provide ammunition allows us to say that if they cannot solve the problem of the passage to the right bank of the Dnipro in the next two weeks, then they will have no other option but to leave their positions,” he said. .

A substantial part of the Russian occupation force is on the right (north) bank of the Dnipro, in the city of Kherson and further upstream. Khlan claimed that the Russians had moved their command headquarters to the south bank of the Dnipro.


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