Russian strikes on Ukraine’s southern Kherson area killed 16 folks on Wednesday, native prosecutors stated, as authorities launched a curfew in the principle metropolis of Kherson beginning Friday.
The strikes got here as Ukraine prepares for a spring offensive.
Town of Kherson — from which Russian forces withdrew final November — lies close to the frontline in southern Ukraine.
“A large assault by the occupiers on civilians within the Kherson area: loss of life toll rises to 16,” the Kherson area prosecutor’s workplace stated in an announcement.
It stated 12 of the victims had been killed within the metropolis of Kherson and that “round 22 civilians” had been wounded.
“On the morning of Might 3, Russian troops started the large shelling of town of Kherson and the area’s settlements,” the prosecutors stated.
Officers earlier stated three folks had been killed in a strike on Kherson’s solely working hypermarket.
The prosecutors stated three staff of a “energy engineering crew” had been killed by shelling between the close by villages of Stepanivka and Muzykivka.
Officers additionally introduced Wednesday that Kherson will probably be below curfew for 58 hours from Friday.
Lengthy curfews have been utilized by Ukrainian authorities up to now to facilitate troop and arms actions.
The top of Kherson’s regional army administration Oleksandr Prokudin stated the curfew would final from 1700 GMT on Friday till 0300 GMT on Monday.
“Throughout these 58 hours, it’s forbidden to maneuver on the streets of town. Town may also be closed for entry and exit,” Prokudin stated on Telegram, advising residents to refill on meals and medication.
Prokudin stated residents might go for brief walks close to their homes or go to retailers however ought to carry identification paperwork with them.
“Such short-term restrictions are crucial for the legislation enforcement officers to do their job and never put you in peril,” he wrote.
Kherson was captured by Russian troops final 12 months within the first days of the invasion and remained below Russian occupation till November 2022.
Russian forces withdrew from town, crossing to the japanese aspect of the Dnipro River which now delineates a part of the entrance line in southern Ukraine.