Russian forces can withdraw from the right bank of the Kherson region to the left bank, and use mobilized troops to cover their troops.
This was stated at a briefing in the Military Media Center by the Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksiy Gromov, writes Public.
“We are considering one of the options that the enemy can withdraw and leave those mobilized primarily to carry out deterrence tasks – to cover the withdrawal of their troops, and transfer the most combat-ready personnel units to the left bank of the region in advance,” said Gromov.
However, the official notes that maintaining the front in the Kherson region is currently the main goal of the occupiers in Ukraine. The Russians plan to accomplish such a task primarily thanks to the first wave of mobilization and the increase in the number of Russian troops on the right bank of the Kherson region.
According to Gromov, Ukrainian forces are keeping Russian logistics routes under fire control and striking the positions of the occupiers, carrying out the task of deoccupying the territories.
What is happening in Kherson Oblast?
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, in his traditional evening video message on October 15, reported on active actions in various areas of the front.
And the head of the press service of the 63rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleg Zelinsky, when asked about the liberation of Kherson, replied that he could not comment on it. And yet, he left a hint about a counteroffensive in the Kherson region, having tasted a watermelon live on the air — this culture is directly associated with the occupied region, which is the center of melon production in Ukraine.
On October 18, the newly appointed commander of the occupation forces of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, Serhiy Surovikin, said that a “difficult situation” had developed in the Kherson direction and there were certain “data about the possibility of the use of war methods prohibited by Ukraine” in the Kherson region.
The commander of the Russian occupiers announced the alleged preparation of a massive missile attack on the Kakhovskaya HPP dam and the city “without discrimination of targets”, and also did not rule out the adoption of “difficult decisions” by the Russians. The head of the occupying forces says that the Russians “will ensure the safe, already announced departure of the population under the resettlement program prepared by the Russian government.”
Volodymyr Saldo, the Russian protege in the Kherson region, also announced the “organized transfer” of the civilian population to the left bank of the Dnieper.
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