The Russian-controlled city of Kherson (Picture: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo).
The Russian-controlled city of Kherson (Picture: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo).
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Russians say Ukraine 'terrorist attack' caused power outages in occupied Kherson

The Russian-controlled city of Kherson (Picture: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo).
The Russian-controlled city of Kherson (Picture: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo).

Russian-appointed authorities say they are trying to partially restore power in the occupied city of Kherson after what they called a Ukrainian "terrorist attack" on electricity lines.

Three power lines were damaged on Sunday, cutting off power and water lines in the southern city illegally annexed by Moscow in September.

The alleged attack happened on the Berislav-Kakhovka power line and Russian state media said the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station had also been damaged by Ukrainian strikes.

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Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the pro-Kremlin administration of the partially occupied Kherson region, said on Monday "power and connectivity is being partially restored" to the main city.

Mr Stremousov has repeatedly called for civilians to evacuate from Kherson – which lies on the western bank of the Dnieper River – to Russian-controlled territory on the eastern bank in anticipation of a major Ukrainian counteroffensive to retake the strategic port. Tens of thousands have already left.

The Ukrainian counter-offensive has retaken around 88 settlements in the region, or around 13% of the territory previously held by Russian forces.

Ukraine's presidential office said on Monday that Russian soldiers in plain clothes have been moving into apartments in Kherson, presumably to get ready for urban warfare.

One Kherson resident told the Associated Press that Russian military personnel were going door to door, forcing tenants to leave immediately if they could not prove ownership of apartments.

Last month, Ukraine's Southern Operational Command said occupying Russian forces in the Kherson region had been purposefully shutting off electricity and water and depriving the population of internet access to force them to evacuate.

Yet on Monday, the region's Russian-installed administration said it was halting "the movement of civilian vehicles across the Dnieper by water and pontoon ferry", citing "increased military danger".

Russia has focused on striking Ukraine's energy infrastructure over the last month, causing power shortages and rolling outages across the country.