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Russian Forces Appear To Have Taken Control Of Ukrainian City Kherson

File image: Kherson, Ukraine via Google Maps

South of the country

Russian forces appear to have taken control of Kherson in the south of Ukraine - the first city captured since the beginning of the invasion.

Its mayor says troops have forced their way into the council headquarters.

Ihor Kolykhaiev says he has begged soldiers not to attack civilians.

There have been further strikes on Kyiv overnight, but British intelligence says there's been "little discernible progress" in three days by the Russian convoy heading for the city.

A huge convoy advancing on Kyiv is still approximately 18 miles from the capital, held up by "congestion" and "staunch" resistance.

Heavy shelling has been reported in Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol - but the cities have not fallen.

The United Nations says one million people have now fled Ukraine since the invasion began, calling it the "swiftest exodus" of refugees this century.

Russia says 498 of its troops have been killed in the conflict, and near 1,600 injured.

But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy claims that number is closer to 9,000.

He says Russian troops will continue to find strong opposition:

Anna has just made it across the border to Poland after leaving Kyiv.

It took her two days and she says the situation getting on trains was desperate:

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