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Russian forces entered the city of Kherson – the bombing of Ukrainian TV

The Ukrainian Interior announced, on Tuesday, that Russian forces stormed the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, but said that they were in control of the administrative building of the city, while a video of the missile attack was circulated on the base of the 95th Air Attack Brigade in Ztomir, northwest of Kyiv.

As the Russian military operation in Ukraine entered its sixth day on Tuesday, Russia bombed the Ukrainian TV building and set it on fire.

Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday evening that Russian forces had bombed the Ukrainian TV tower in Kyiv and the main Holocaust memorial in Ukraine, among other civilian sites they targeted on the sixth day of the Russian invasion.

The State Emergency Situations Service in Ukraine announced that the strikes on the TV tower resulted in the death of 5 people and the injury of 5 others.

The Verkhovyna Rada of Verkhovna Rada published a picture of clouds of smoke around the TV tower. And the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, shared a video clip of the bombing of the tower. Klitschko said an electrical substation feeding the tower and a control room at the top of the tower were damaged as a result.

In a previous development, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced that the Russian forces and the separatists loyal to them had established, on Tuesday, a corridor linking them on the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov.

The spokesman said in a statement that forces from the pro-Russian separatist region of Donetsk “have joined forces with the military units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to have taken control of Ukrainian regions along the Sea of ​​Azov,” quoting AFP.

In addition, the Russian army asked civilians near the intelligence headquarters in Kiev to leave immediately.

“In order to stop information attacks against Russia, strikes with high-precision weapons will be carried out against the technological infrastructures of the security service and against the main center of the psychological operations unit in Kyiv. We call on the residents of Kyiv who live near (security) centers to leave their homes,” Konashenkov said. .

Earlier developments today, Tuesday, indicated new Russian crowds on the way to Kyiv, in conjunction with continuous political efforts to impose more sanctions on Russia in order to stop the war.

In a remarkable development, Russian media reported that “Russian defenses shot down a missile targeting an airport in Rostov Province.”

While the sections coming from Ukraine showed shelling with missile launchers in the vicinity of Kyiv, the Russian army reached the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, near the Crimea peninsula under the control of Moscow, and set up checkpoints on its outskirts, according to what the mayor announced. At the same time, a regional governor announced on Facebook that more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in a Russian bombing of the town of Okhtyrka.

Oleg Senegubov, head of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, said that the Russian missile attacks hit the center of Ukraine’s second largest city, including residential areas and the administration building.

While Ukraine announced the killing of dozens of civilians, the separatists in Donetsk announced that the region had been subjected to Ukrainian shelling targeting civilians and vital installations in the Donbass region. The official Ukraine News Agency reported that Russia had bombed a women’s clinic in Kyiv. The Ukrainian army also confirmed that Russia bombed the country with 113 “Iskander” missiles.

In Washington, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said after a secret briefing: “The battle in Ukraine will be bloody and long,” while Republican Senator Graham called for sanctions on the Russian oil sector. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki also pointed out that the United States does not see a nuclear war on the horizon, stressing that it will not raise the state of high alert.

This comes as the Interfax news agency quoted the Russian Eastern Military District as saying, on Tuesday, that Russian forces stationed in the far east of the country will conduct exercises in the Astrakhan region, which lies on the border between the European and Asian parts of Russia.

The region’s command said the forces would train in long-distance movements of military units, among other tasks.

In Moscow, according to the Russian “TASS” agency, the Ministry of Defense proposed granting “veteran’s” privileges to servicemen participating in the Russian special operation in Ukraine.

“The estimated budget expenditures for these purposes in 2022 will amount to more than 5 billion rubles,” a bill submitted to Parliament stated.

Satellite images showed a Russian military convoy north of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, with a length of more than 60 km.

The company “Maxar Technologies” said that satellites monitored the movement of the military convoy 64 kilometers north of Kyiv, in addition to another convoy. It also monitored the deployment of helicopter units comprising ground offensive forces in southern Belarus, less than 32 km north of the Ukrainian border.

This, and a circulating video showed what is believed to be Chechen forces moving towards the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. On Tuesday, the Chechen president confirmed the killing of two of his soldiers in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said it was time to consider imposing a no-fly zone on Russian planes and helicopters in response to their bombing of the city of Kharkiv.

Zelensky also called for Russia to be banned from all ports and airports in the world, noting that “in five days, the Russian forces carried out 56 missile attacks and committed war crimes, and they should not be a permanent member of the Security Council.”