According to a Ukrainian official, there have been explosions in a Russian-occupied city and army base.
Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov claimed there had been nighttime strikes that affected both the city and the nearby village of Myrne.
In a Telegram message dated Sunday, August 28, translated from Ukrainian to English via Google, Fedorov said: “Another explosive night in Melitopol and the village of Myrne in Melitopol district. At 1 a.m. residents of all districts heard loud explosions.
“The first was so strong that windows in some houses shook and the plaster fell. We are waiting for confirmation that the armed forces of Ukraine destroyed another base of the occupiers with jewel-like precision attacks. The enemy will never have peace on our land.”
In an update message, Fedorov said one of the buildings in Myrne was where a pseudo-referendum was “held”.
He added: “In Melitopol, one of the largest enemy bases on the territory of the ‘Actovolorlit’ factory was destroyed.”
News week has not been able to independently verify the claims.
Both Melitopol and Myrne are located in the occupied Zaporizhzhya region, which is part of the land corridor connecting the separatist regions of Luhansk and Donetsk to the Crimean peninsula.
The Kremlin first claimed to have taken Melitopol in February. It was the first major city taken by Russia since the war with Ukraine broke out.
Fedorov recently told: News week that HIMARS [High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems] Ukrainian troops had helped put pressure on the Russian military.
After a reported attack that killed more than 100 Russian soldiers, Fedorov said the missile systems had swung warfare in Ukraine’s favour.
He said: “Tonight is the most effective and shows that the existing enemy air defense units are no longer able to withstand HIMARS.
“The weakening of the air defense system creates the necessary conditions for a successful counter-offensive towards Melitopol.”
Fedorov later added: “They have [Russian soldiers] don’t want to go to war. They don’t want to stay in Melitopol.”
News week has contacted the Kremlin and Fedorov for comment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemingly shifted Russia’s war target after troops failed to capture Kiev after the war broke out.
Now Russian forces have refocused their efforts in eastern Ukraine with a view to linking the separatist regions to Crimea.
When Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the peninsula was physically cut off from the rest of the country.
But Ukraine has made it clear on numerous occasions that it will not accept the transfer of its territory to Russia.
Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the war must end with the liberation of Crimea.
According to the BBC, after several explosions in the region, Zelensky said: “Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never give up.”