Mykolayiv governor rules out possible Russian offensive on city

22 August, 02:19 PM
No prospect of Russian advance on city, governor advises public to be cautious on Independence Day (Photo:REUTERS)

No prospect of Russian advance on city, governor advises public to be cautious on Independence Day (Photo:REUTERS)

Russian invaders will unlikely be able to attack the city of Mykolayiv in the near future, regional governor Vitaliy Kim said in a Telegram messenger post on Aug. 22.

“As for the myths that they’re advancing – these are being inflated like at the beginning of the war so that everyone is afraid,” the governor said.

“The military does not see the prospect of a rapid advance toward Mykolayiv by the enemy. Believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they’re guarding and protecting us.”

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Kim added the city would not introduce a long curfew for Aug. 23-24, when Ukraine celebrates the Day of the National Flag and Independence Day, but residents are advised to work remotely and be very cautious.

He also urged city residents not to gather in crowds.

A long curfew is being introduced in Kharkiv Oblast due to the threat of increased provocations by the Russian military in the coming days.

An enhanced curfew will be in effect in Kharkiv Oblast, lasting from 7.00 p.m. on Aug. 23 to 7.00 a.m. on Aug. 25. It will be forbidden to be in public places and to move in the streets on foot or in vehicles.

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