The Wagner mercenary base was “destroyed by a precision strike,” according to the governor of eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region, Serhii Hayday.
Little is known about the shadowy paramilitary group linked to Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close associate of President Vladimir Putin.
The presence of Wagner mercenaries has been documented in Syria, Libya, Mali and many other countries – especially in Africa.
Ukrainian authorities also reported that saboteurs blew up a railway bridge southwest of the Russian-held city of Melitopol.
Ivan Fyodorov, the mayor of Melitopol, wrote on the Telegram platform that this strike means that “no more military trains will run” from Crimea.
The Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, is an important base that supplies Russian troops stationed in southern Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military says it is carrying out a counterattack in the south of the country. According to Kyiv, dozens of villages have already been recaptured, and Russian soldiers may be pushed to the other bank of the Dnieper River.
At that time, in the Black Sea port city of Odesa, three people died while swimming due to the detonation of an “unidentified explosive device”, local government spokesman Serhijus Bračuk said.
Officials warned beachgoers not to swim in the sea due to the risk of unexploded mines.
Earlier on Monday, Russian shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, killed at least one person and wounded six others, senior police official Serhiy Bolvinov wrote on Facebook.
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