Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Ukrainian officials say tensions are mounting in the southern region of Kherson as Russian forces try to both avoid the impact of Ukrainian long-range weapons and strengthen their defensive positions.

Serhii Khlan, adviser to the chief of Kherson’s civilian military administration, said on Tuesday that “the Russians are gradually transferring personnel, tactical battalion groups and equipment to Kherson.”

“They built pontoon crossings, made platforms out of pontoons and use tractors to move military equipment along with civilian transport,” he said.

Khlan said that after the destruction of two bridges over the Dnipro River, a major build-up of traffic had developed at the bridge next to a hydroelectric power station in Kakhovka.

Khlan said there is a great danger that street fighting could take place in Kherson, although Ukrainian forces are still far from population centers in the region.

Separately, the chief intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Russian forces had experienced an accident on Monday when unloading a train carrying ammunition and equipment at Kalanchak railway station in the Kherson region. They had put up a smoke screen to hide the unloading, but then there was an explosion and Russian troops dispersed, Ukraine said.

The directorate also gave more details about a reported explosion at Brylivka station on the night of July 29. It claimed that a train of more than 40 wagons carrying manpower, equipment and ammunition had been hit.

The Ukrainian army said that the Russian army had evicted residents from their homes near the train station so that locals would not inform Ukrainian troops about the movement of Russian army equipment.

Fighting continues in the north of the Kherson region. Dmytro Butriy, acting chief of the military administration of the Kherson region, said 53 settlements had been repossessed from the Russians, but almost the entire area was under constant shelling.

“The situation in these villages is catastrophic,” he said.

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