Zaporizhzhia: Ukraine claims some Russian units are withdrawing from region

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According to Kiev, some Russian troops are withdrawing from their positions in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region.

Russian units have left the settlements of Mykhailivka, Polohy and Inzhenerne, all towns south of the city of Zaporizhzhia, the Ukrainian army general staff said in its daily update on Thursday.

The army added that the Kremlin is also preparing the evacuation of “the personnel of the occupation administrations” in the region.

Zaporizhzhia has been partially occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion; in September Moscow declared it illegal and three other Ukrainian regions Russian territory.

Front lines in the region run for more than 100 miles across rolling farmland. Geolocated images posted on Wednesday show the aftermath of strikes on buildings in Polohy.

On the battlefield, the Ukrainians seem to be repeating actions they took further south in Kherson, namely attacking bridges, supply hubs and Russian troop concentrations behind the front lines.

Ukrainian troops pushed into Kherson in recent months, liberating large parts of the region, including the town of Kherson, after Russian troops withdrew east of the Dnipro River last month.

The General Staff said their attacks in about six places in recent days had injured more than 230 Russian soldiers and destroyed ammunition and equipment.

CNN cannot confirm the General Staff’s claims.

Powerful explosions have rocked the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in recent weeks, renewing concerns that fighting so close to the plant could trigger a nuclear accident.

On November 20, UN nuclear experts at the plant said more than a dozen explosions had been heard in a short period of time. Shelling was observed both near and at the site of the facility.

The director-general of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, hopes to reach an agreement with Russia and Ukraine on the protection of the plant by the end of the year.

In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica published on Friday, Grossi said: “It is my commitment to find a solution as soon as possible. I hope by the end of the year. I know that President Putin is following the process and I do not rule out another meeting with him soon, as well as with Ukrainian President Zelensky.”

The developments come as the Russian army has begun a census in some parts of occupied territory in the Zaporizhzhia region, according to the Ukrainian mayor-in-exile of the southern Ukrainian city of Melitopol.

“In recent days, the Russians have been confused. First, they took the injured from the hospital. Then they started a census in the towns of Mykhailivka and Burchak to supposedly prepare for the evacuation,” Ivan Fedorov said on national television on Friday. The Ukrainian army also said that the occupation authorities are conducting a census in Burchak.

Melitopol has been occupied by Russian troops since the beginning of the invasion. Analysts have suggested that the next offensive front for the Ukrainians is likely to be a push south.

The General Staff said Russian troops elsewhere continued to defend their positions in the Luhansk region using tanks, mortars and artillery to prevent further advances by Ukrainian troops.

Russian units also shelled several settlements in recently liberated parts of the Kherson region. But Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksii Hromov claimed last week that Russian troops accidentally fired on their own unit near the village of Tsukury in Kherson, killing 14 soldiers. CNN cannot verify that claim.

Hromov said Russian troops had gathered in the Crimean town of Dzankhoi, which had “actually turned into the largest military base in the territory… from where the Russian occupation forces and weapons and military equipment of the Russian armed forces are redeployed.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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