Ukraine Urges Civilians to Leave Kherson as It Prepares Bid to Retake Russian-Held Territory

KYIV, Ukraine—Kyiv is urging residents of the Russian-occupied Kherson region to leave before a winter exacerbated by shortages sets in and ahead of a promised Ukrainian counteroffensive to retake the strategic area.

“Evacuate. A harsh winter is coming. We need to help you, to save you from the cold and the enemy,” Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Sunday in Zaporizhzhia, a city near the front line.