The Russian military appears to have taken central Kherson, screenshots posted to social media and a video obtained by CNN show.
The screenshots from a webcam and the video have been geolocated, and their authenticity verified by CNN.
The video shows Russian military vehicles at a roundabout in northern Kherson on Tuesday. The screenshots from the webcam show Russian military vehicles parked on Svobody Square in central Kherson.
The Kherson Regional Administration building sits on Svobody Square.
Entering the city: On Tuesday, CNN reported that Russian military vehicles had been seen on the eastern side of the city after days of shelling and intense fighting.
The videos provide new evidence that the Russians are moving throughout Kherson, apparently unimpeded. It also shows that the Russian forces from Crimea have advanced and established a crossing across the Dnieper River.
Mayor’s desperate plea: On Tuesday afternoon, Kherson Mayor Igor Kolykhaiev posted a stark message on Facebook, warning the city was under attack. “Residential buildings and urban facilities are burning,” he wrote.
“We are NOT military! But I will hold the city and its functioning as long as I can,” he wrote. “If the Russian soldiers and their leadership hear me. I ask: leave our city, stop shelling the civilians. You have already taken everything you wanted. Including human lives.” CNN’s Paul P. Murphy and Jake Tapper reported.
These parts of Ukraine have been occupied by invading Russian forces.
Almost a week into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow’s forces have made major advances in border regions in the north, east and south of the country — but faced slower progress than expected toward the capital, Kyiv.
Russian forces attacked key cities from several sides on Tuesday, scaling up their bombardment of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, in the northeast. They also broke through a heavily contested port city in the south, and have likely encircled several others.
Russia has also stepped up its attacks on Kyiv, with rockets hitting a Holocaust memorial site in the city on Tuesday. A missile also hit a private maternity ward near the city, though everybody had evacuated.
Meanwhile, a 40-mile long Russian convoy of tanks, armored vehicles and towed artillery is heading toward the Ukrainian capital, according to satellite images from Maxar Technologies.