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Ukraine attacked the city of Melitopol in the southeast of the country on Saturday evening, announced the pro-Kremlin authorities which control the city and the Ukrainian authorities in exile. At the same time, the city of Odessa was still plunged into darkness on Sunday after Russian attacks. Follow the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.
5:40 am: in Kherson, the hunt for Russian “collaborators”
After eight months of occupation by the Russian forces, a climate of suspicion reigns in Kherson, where the Ukrainian authorities still fear the presence of people who would have collaborated, even still collaborate, with the Russians, and seek to identify them.
Kherson now lives under tight police control, which is very present and visible. Filtering points at the exits of the city, patrols in the streets: the men in blue check identity papers, ask questions, search the trunks of cars, to flush out “collaborators”.
“These people stayed here for more than eight months. They worked for the Russian regime and now we have information and documents about each of them. Our police know everything about them and each of them will be punished,” Kherson region governor Yaroslav Yanushevich told AFP.
4:36 a.m.: Russia accuses Ukraine of attack on Melitopol
Ukraine attacked the city of Melitopol in the southeast of the country on Saturday evening, announced the pro-Kremlin authorities which control the city and the Ukrainian authorities in exile.
Local authorities installed by the Russian occupation said two people were killed and ten others injured after a missile attack. “Air defense systems destroyed two missiles, four more hit their targets,” Yevgeni Balitsky, head of pro-Russian authorities in Zaporizhia, told Telegram.
4:13 a.m .: the city of Bakhmout is “in ruins”
Russian forces have “turned the city of Bakhmut into ruins”, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, while Ukraine’s military reported hits from missiles, rockets and planes in several parts of the country on Saturday. “The situation remains very difficult” in several towns on the front line, added the Ukrainian president in his nightly video speech.