The head of the Mykolaiv Oblast state administration, Vitaliy Kim, stated that there were practically no Russian invaders left in the oblast, in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Dmytro Gordon on April 7.
“Snihurivka and a couple of villages in the south… But due to the fact that these freaks can’t do anything, they fire at our city from afar using Smerches (heavy multiple rocket launchers - ed.) in order to sow panic among people and cause maximum damage to civilians,” Kim explained, referring to the constant rocket attacks on the city of Mykolaiv itself.
“At the same time, fakes are spread, that ‘we are advancing, we have 1,000 tanks, 700 rocket launchers, 5,000 men’, but they are not there. On the contrary, they are relocating, they don’t abandon equipment anymore – they take it back to be repaired. They dig in, sit in the trenches, s**tting themselves, and wait for us to attack them. They fight dishonorably, hitting civilians.”
According to Kim, the most serious destruction sustained in Mykolaiv is to the Regional State Administration building. Also, as a result of Russian strikes, many hospitals and schools have been destroyed, and the invaders struck a military barracks. In total, more than 2,000 buildings have been damaged or destroyed in the Mykolaiv Oblast, but the destruction is not as serious as in Mariupol or in Bucha. Kim added that from a third to a half of the inhabitants have left the city of Mykolaiv.
Earlier, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Ukrainian defenders had driven the occupiers out of the Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy oblasts. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the enemy is preparing for an offensive in eastern Ukraine, regrouping and trying to improve the tactical situation in some areas.