Russian artillery hit areas of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, yesterday Sunday, killing two people and injuring eight others, as announced by regional governor Prokudin.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who returned home after completing visits to the US and Canada, praised the Ukrainian armed forces for their successes during the counteroffensive that began about three months ago, but did not mention land release.

Khersons regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin wrote in a post on the Telegram platform that shells coming from the eastern bank of the Dnieper – which is controlled by Russian forces – hit houses in the city of Berislav, which is located on the opposite bank of the river. One dead and three wounded are the toll of the attack, according to the same source. Prokudin also reported that a 67-year-old man was killed by a Russian strike in a neighboring village.

In the city of Kherson, five people were injured and buildings sustained significant material damage.

Russian forces abandoned their positions on the west bank of the Dnieper and in the city of Kherson late last year.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said earlier that Russian attacks on two villages near the city of Bakhmut were repelled, as Kiev tries to liberate territory seized by Moscow’s forces.