Situation report day 245
October 26, 2022 - Russian forces are digging in for the “heaviest of battles” in Kherson, a senior Ukrainian official said, as the Kremlin prepares to defend the largest city under its control in Ukraine, Reuters reports.
The region’s capital city and river port Kherson, which had a pre-war population of about 280,000, is the largest urban centre Russia still holds since capturing it early in the invasion of Ukraine eight months ago.
Meanwhile the Ukrainian government urged refugees to stay abroad this winter to help ease pressure on the energy system after a wave of Russian attacks.
“The networks will not cope,” said Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk. "We need to survive the winter,” she added.