Russian forces have captured the second largest power plant in Ukraine. The coal-fired Vuhlehirsk power plant was built in Soviet times and is located between the eastern cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.
The Russians had earlier announced that they had captured the coal-fired power plant. Oleksiy Aristovich, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, now confirms the news.
“They have gained a small strategic advantage,” Aristovich said in an interview posted on YouTube. It is the first strategic victory for the Russians in more than three weeks.
Russian forces are also “collectively” regrouping towards three southern districts, Aristovich reported. These are the regions of Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. This move will mean a change in Moscow’s tactics – from offensive to defensive.
The Russians occupied Kherson early in the war. Ukraine’s president said on Sunday that the Ukrainian army intends to retake the city while advancing “step by step” towards the southern Kherson region. For example, the army has bombed a strategic bridge in the area occupied by Russia and is trying to cut off the routes through which the Russian army can transport weapons.
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