Ukraine war: Russia postpones referendum in occupied region

The Russian occupation authorities in Ukraine’s strategic southern city of Kherson have postponed a referendum on joining Russia, on security grounds.

“This is being paused because of the security situation,” said Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-appointed administration there.

The Ukrainian army has launched a long-awaited counter-offensive in the south, where Russia plans referendums in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.

A key Kherson bridge has been shelled.

Speaking on Russian state TV, Mr Stremousov said Ukrainian shelling had damaged the Antonovskiy Bridge to such an extent that vehicles could no longer cross it.

He said barges transporting civilians across the Dnieper (Dnipro) river were also coming under Ukrainian fire, as was the city’s infrastructure.

The Russians have relied on the bridge to bring troops and hardware in and out of Kherson.

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