The deputy governor appointed by Moscow said that a warlike “outcome of events” in the territory, annexed by the Kremlin last year, is expected in the coming days September 30
Ukrainian troops in Kherson (The Washington Post)
The authorities installed by Russia in the Ukrainian region of Kherson admitted on Tuesday the numerical superiority of the Ukrainian forces in the southern province, on the outskirts of which thousands of soldiers remain and where the pro-Russians expect an “outcome” of the war events in the coming days.
“The situation remains stable on the front lines in the Kherson region. We don't see any type of massive offensive (…)”, said the pro-Russian deputy governor, Kiril Stremoúsov, in a message on his Telegram channel.
< p class="paragraph">However, he added, “thousands of Ukronazis and citizens of Ukraine who were forcibly driven into the trenches remain on the outskirts of the region,” he said, referring to the Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers fighting in Kherson.
Stremoúsov stated that “despite the numerical superiority of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, the Russian military “successfully repelled all attacks”.
A young man carries a sack as civilians evacuated from the Ukrainian region from Russian-controlled Kherson arrive at a local train station (Reuters)
The deputy governor appointed by Moscow also said that “an outcome of events is expected in the coming days” in the region, annexed on September 30 by Russia and from which the pro-Russian authorities have evacuated tens of thousands of citizens in preparation for a Ukrainian offensive.
“We are ready for any decision, even the most difficult ones,” he stressed, adding that Russia's main priority is the preservation of the lives of the inhabitants of the province.
Last Friday Stremousov assured that “most likely, our troops will march to the left bank” of the Dnieper River, which would mean effectively handing over the only regional capital in the hands of Russian forces, which is located on the right bank.
Ferries carrying civilian evacuees depart from the Kherson River port on the course of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine (Reuters)
The pro-Russian authorities declared the organized evacuation of the right bank and the left bank on a 15-kilometer line of the Dnieper River, although they can follow the departures of citizens by private means, without giving a figure for the total number of inhabitants who left the region.
According to the Operational Group of the Ukrainian troops of Krivoy Rog, almost 80% of the residents have left the city of Kherson.
Between 60. 000 and 70,000 remain in the provincial capital of the same name, where some 320,000 people lived before the Russian military campaign, he said.
(With information from EFE)< /p>