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Russian troops control Kherson, defense officials claim


By Vasco Cotovio and Nathan Hodge, Moscow, March 2 (CNN): Russian troops have taken full control of the city of Kherson, Russian state media reported Wednesday, citing defence ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.

Civilian infrastructure, life support facilities and urban transport are working as normal, state news agency TASS reported Konashenkov as saying.

CNN was unable to immediately verify the Russian MoD’s claims.


Some context: Screenshots posted to social media and a video obtained by CNN appear to show the Russian military in control of the city centre, with military vehicles seen travelling along a roundabout in northern Kherson on Tuesday, and parked on Svobody Square in central Kherson.

This comes after several days of heavy fighting and shelling, with apartment buildings and civilian structures damaged. On Tuesday, the mayor posted a stark message on Facebook warning the city was under attack, and that "residential buildings and urban facilities are burning."