A senior Ukrainian official said The “first mission” of the Russian forces was to capture the southern front.
Russians are digging and dispatching more resources in hopes of quelling Ukrainian forces pushing towards Kherson, Oleksii Hromov, a top military official said. Live update Russian war in Ukraine
“The enemy plans to accomplish this mission with the help of The first wave of partial mobilization and by increasing the number of their troops on the west bank of the Dnipro River,” he said, referring to a important waterway where the battle had just happened on both sides.
Hromov suggested that there are now more than 40 Russian battalion tactical groups in the Kherson region, each consisting of about 1,000 personnel.
Why this region is important
“For Putin’s regime, the southern directions – Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Mykolaiv – have strategic implications from the point of view of preserving the earth corridors to the Crimea and the water supply to the peninsula, as well as the construction of bridges. In the future for the capture of Mykolaiv and Odessa region This caused Ukraine to lose its status as a maritime state,” Horomov said.
in his own statement The Russian-backed Crimean chief emphasized the region’s importance to Moscow and its elected leaders in occupied Ukraine.
“Our common stance is that to protect the Kherson region will ensure the security of the Republic of Crimea. As a result, we will continue to take all necessary measures. This includes providing maximum assistance to troops and law enforcement on the front lines,” Sergey Aksenov said on Thursday.