The Ukrainian army said on Friday that it had struck Russian positions in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, a region almost entirely under the control of Russian forces where Kyiv fears that Moscow will soon organize a referendum for a annexation to Russia.
“Our air force hit Russian positions, sites where equipment and personnel are concentrated and depots around five localities in the Kherson region,” the Ukrainian army general staff said on Facebook on Friday.
Almost the entire Kherson region, including the regional capital, has been occupied by Russian troops since the early days of the Russian invasion launched on February 24.
Washed by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, this region of an area of some 28,000 square kilometers had more than one million inhabitants before the war.
One of the Russian negotiators on the conflict in Ukraine mentioned on June 1 the next organization of a referendum in the territories occupied by the Russians, with a view to annexation, which could take place in July, a project denounced by Kyiv.
Russia had organized a referendum in Crimea in 2014, before annexing the peninsula in stride.