Mykolaiv governor explains mayor's calls to leave city

24 June 2022, 06:51 PM

There is no evacuation and the military situation has not changed in the Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv, head of Mykolaiv regional military administration Vitaliy Kim said on Telegram messenger on June 24.

He was commenting on Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych's earlier calls for locals to leave the city.

"There is no evacuation. He recommends (evacuation), as always, to whoever has the opportunity, and we provide buses. Nothing has changed."

The governor stressed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on the contrary, were succeeding.

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"The situation is the same as in the previous four weeks," Kim said.

"No (need to) panic, the situation in the military plan has not changed."

Sienkevych on June 24 urged the residents of Mykolaiv “who want to stay alive” to leave the city.

"I recommend everyone leave the city," he said.

"Anyone who wants to stay alive, it's unknown when it ends. As of today, according to our estimates, about 230,000 people out of 480,000 who were living here before the war have remained in the city."

According to the mayor, the situation is generally very bad, with enemy shelling occurring every day.

In total, 111 people have died and more than 500 have been injured in the city since the beginning of the war.

Russian invasion forces attack Mykolaiv daily with missiles and artillery.

The invaders on June 22 launched another large missile strike on Mykolaiv, firing seven missiles at the city, according to Kim. Three people were injured, and high-rise buildings and private enterprises were damaged.

At the same time, the head of the defense of Mykolaiv and Mykolaiv Oblast, Major General Dmytro Marchenko, on June 16 declared that Russia would not be able to occupy Mykolaiv.

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