Mykolayiv governor rules out possible Russian capture of region

6 August, 01:44 PM
Vitaliy Kim, head of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration (Photo:Teun Voeten / Sipa USA via Reuters Connect)

Vitaliy Kim, head of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration (Photo:Teun Voeten / Sipa USA via Reuters Connect)

Russian troops will not be able to conquer Mykolayiv in the coming months, regional governor Vitaliy Kim said in an interview with Ukrainian news outlet Glavcom on Aug.

While the front lines in southern Ukraine are rather stretched out and the situation remains tense, Kim insisted that Ukraine has everything in hand near Mykolayiv.

Should the Russian offensive pick up pace and see them advance forward even a kilometer a day, it would take at least a month to cover 30 kilometers, the governor noted.

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“And that’s assuming perfect conditions for them, with everything working out and nothing, for us; it would still take them a month to reach (Mykolayiv),” said Kim.

Kim said he thinks Moscow will first attempt to seize the rest of Kherson Oblast.

“Maybe they do have plans to seize Mykolayiv in six months or so, but it’s simply impossible in near future,” Kim added.

“Not to mention, Russians would first seek to reach the boundary of Kherson Oblast, attempting to achieve some sort of ‘victory.’ To the contrary, we’re currently inching forward in Kherson Oblast, liberating it inch-by-inch. How could Moscow’s troops hope to mount an offensive, as their supply depots and command centers keep exploding, while Russian generals refuse to cross the Dnipro River?”

A Russian attack on Mykolayiv resulted in at least 22 civilian casualties on Aug. 5, according to local officials.

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