Russian army prepares to evacuate civilians in Kherson

The battle of Kherson is looming. The Russian army is preparing to evacuate the population of the capital of a key region of southern Ukraine, in the face of a counter-offensive from kyiv putting Russian troops in a “tense” situation, announced Tuesday the commander of Russian forces in Ukraine.

“The Russian army will ensure above all the safe evacuation of the population”, declared on public television Rossia 24 General Sergei Surovikin, in charge of operations in Ukraine for ten days, in particular in Kherson, capital of a region of southern Ukraine militarily occupied since the spring and annexed in September.

“Further actions concerning the city of Kherson itself will depend on the military situation,” said the Russian general, advocating “the need to preserve the maximum number of lives of the civilian population and the Russian military,” he said. -he announces.

“Very difficult decision-making”

“We do not rule out a very difficult decision-making,” he added without further details. “The situation in the area of ​​the special military operation can be described as tense,” he also acknowledged. “The enemy is not giving up its attempts to attack the positions of the Russian troops… The Ukrainian regime is seeking to break through our defence”, by bringing together “all its reserves” for the counter-offensive, he indicated.

“Where the military acts, there is no place for civilians,” Mr. Saldo explained on Telegram. “The Kherson region remains under the protection of the Russian army”, he however assured.a region in order to allow the Russian army to set up “large defensive constructions” in the face of a ” vast counter-offensive” prepared by the Ukrainian forces north and south of the Dnieper river, indicated General Sourovikine.

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“Vast counter-offensive”

These strikes lead to disruptions in the supply of electricity, water and food in Kherson, he said, denouncing a “direct threat to the lives of the inhabitants”.

For his part, the leader installed in the Kherson region by Moscow, Vladimir Saldo, announced an evacuation to the left bank of the Dnieper river of the population of several localities in his region in order to allow the Russian army to set up “extensive defensive constructions” in the face of a “vast counter-offensive” prepared by the Ukrainian forces.

“Where the military acts, there is no place for civilians,” Mr. Saldo explained on Telegram. “The Kherson region remains under the protection of the Russian army,” he however assured.

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