Russia Captures Ukraine’s 2nd Biggest Power Plant, Says President Volodymyr Zelensky Aide

Russia conquers Ukraine's second largest power plant, says Zelensky Aide

Russian troops are in the process of “redeployment” of troops to 3 southern regions, said Zelensky employee.

Kyiv:

Russian forces are undertaking a “massive redeployment” of troops to three southern regions of Ukraine in what appears to be a change of tactics by Moscow, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Wednesday.

Russian forces have taken over Ukraine’s second-largest power plant, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said in an interview on YouTube. Russian-backed forces had previously announced the capture of the Soviet-era coal-fired Vuhlehirsk power station in eastern Ukraine.

“They gained a small tactical advantage – they captured Vuhlehirsk,” said Arestovych.

Arestovych said Russia appeared to be shifting from offensive to strategic defense, using tactical strikes in an attempt to weaken Ukraine’s offensive potential in the crucial industrial region of eastern Donetsk.

“(This would put us in a position where we are unable to liberate all our territory and call for talks,” he said.

Ukraine has made it clear that it plans to retake the southern city of Kherson, which fell to Russia in the early days of the war.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, previously tweeted that Russia was concentrating “maximum number of troops” toward Kherson, but did not provide details.

Arestovych said Russia is also sending troops to the regions of Melitopol and Zaporizhzhya in the south.

Ukraine has shelled a major bridge over the Dnipro River in Kherson, closing it to traffic. Russian officials had previously said they would instead turn to pontoon bridges and ferries to get troops across the river.

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