Ukraine war: Russia postpones 'referendum' in occupied place - BBC

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Ukraine says this indicates its soldiers hoisting the flag over Vysokopillya, in the Kherson vicinity, on Sunday

The Russian occupation authorities in Ukraine's southern city of Kherson have postponed a so-referred to as referendum on joining Russia, on protection grounds.

"this is being paused because of the security situation," spoke of Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-appointed administration there.

He mentioned heavy Ukrainian shelling had made a key Kherson bridge impassable.

Ukraine and its Western allies have denounced the referendum plans in Kherson and different areas as illegal.

meanwhile, Ukraine says its forces have recaptured Vysokopillya, a small city some 167km (104 miles) north of primary Kherson.

That profit - now not established independently - is a part of a counter-offensive within the south launched by the Ukrainian army closing week.

a photo indicates troopers apparently raising the Ukrainian flag over the town, which had pretty much four,000 residents before the battle. It turned into posted on facebook by way of Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelensky's office.

His photograph caption says: "Vysokopillya, Kherson place. Ukraine. today."

President Zelensky observed Ukrainian forces had recaptured two "inhabitants centres" within the south, however did not name them.

Russia has been planning referendums in Kherson and the southern Zaporizhzhia area, most of which it controls.

speaking on Russian state tv, Mr Stremousov noted Ukrainian shelling had broken Kherson's Antonovskiy Bridge to such an extent that automobiles might now not go it.

He said barges transporting civilians across the Dnieper (Dnipro) river have been also coming below Ukrainian fire, as become the metropolis's infrastructure.

The Russians have relied on the bridge to deliver troops and hardware out and in of Kherson.

Ukraine has deployed US-made Himars numerous rocket launchers in its force to push the Russians out of the metropolis - the first to fall to them after their 24 February invasion.

in addition to Kherson, Russia has announced plans for referendums in other captured territory, similar to that held in Crimea after its troops seized the peninsula in 2014.

Ukraine's Deputy major Minister Iryna Vereshchuk urged civilians to depart Kherson as fighting intensifies within the area. She has additionally warned that any who take part in the planned Russian referendum are susceptible to face Ukrainian prosecution.

Russia's invasion has destabilised existence in Ukraine to such an extent that it isn't clear who may vote in such referendums anyway. The Crimea vote in 2014, held beneath defense force occupation, turned into no longer recognised internationally.

Map showing the south of Ukraine. 29 Aug



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