Russia extends evacuation zone in Ukraine’s Kherson region

Russian-installed officials in Ukraine’s Kherson region said Monday they would start evacuating citizens from the eastern bank of the Dnipro River, repeating claims rejected by Kyiv that Ukraine could be preparing to attack the Kakhovka dam and flood the region.

In a post on Telegram, Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-backed head of the region, which is partially occupied by Russian forces, said he was extending an evacuation area in the region and — for the first time — asked civilians on the Dnipro river’s eastern bank to leave their homes.

The new area will cover an additional 15-kilometer (nine-mile) zone around the Dnipro river, which splits the Kherson region, to include anot…

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