Ukraine’s HUR military intelligence agency said on Sunday that three Russian officers had died after an explosion at a headquarters in the occupied Melitopol in Zaporozhye region in southeastern Ukraine. The attack was allegedly carried out by local members of the resistance as retaliation, writes the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.
According to intelligence, a powerful explosion took place on Saturday in the post office building where the Russians had set up their headquarters. The attack on the headquarters was carried out during a meeting between members of the Russian National Guard and members of the Russian FSB secret service.
According to HUR, an hour before the start of the meeting, the Russians blocked traffic in the area and closed the relevant street. The attack caused panic in the city and dozens of Russian police cars rushed to the scene.
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According to Ukrainian officials, the area of Melitopol is the site of frequent attacks by the resistance against the Russian occupation. The mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, who lives in the territory controlled by Ukraine, said that, for example, a month ago, partisans blew up a car with Russian soldiers who were robbing empty apartments.
The Ukrainian guerrilla attack in Melitopol comes at a time when Russia is intensifying attacks on the northeastern parts of the front, around the towns of Bakhmut and Avdijivka, in an attempt to gain more territory there. However, according to the Ukrainians, they are not succeeding in the process yet.
We cut off the occupiers
The Ukrainian army is looking forward to the coming of winter. Ukrainian forces will reportedly try to cut off Russian troops from supply chains when frost and bad weather come, writes Ukrainska Pravda newspaper.
“Weather will play a role in military operations. If it starts to rain, fewer aircraft and attack drones will be deployed. The movement of military vehicles and equipment will also be more difficult. However, artillery will be used in the same way as at present,” said Ukrainian ground forces spokesman Volodymyr Fito.
According to him, the main task of the Ukrainian forces will be to interrupt the supply chains and logistics of the Russian army, both on the front and in the rear. “If we succeed, I think the weather – rain and frost – will help us drive them out of Ukraine,” he added.
Ukraine is preparing for another winter of war. Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko said his country would have enough energy resources to see through the coming winter, but an expected increase in Russian attacks could disrupt supply networks.
“We have enough energy resources, we feel calm in this regard. The question is how much future attacks will affect supplies,” Galushchenko said on Ukrainian public television.
According to Kyiv, Russia has attacked Ukrainian infrastructure 60 times in the past few weeks. This raises concerns that Moscow may once again focus its attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid in the winter, Reuters writes.