The Russian military is not yet engaged in intensive preparations for landing on the Black Sea coast, the speaker of Odesa Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Bratchuk, reported via Telegram messenger on April 18.
"We need to watch the enemy, monitor them,” he said.
"Because there are those among the civilian population who went to cooperate with the invader.”
Monday, April 18 is the 54th day of a full-scale invasion of Russia's war against Ukraine.
Over the past 24 hours, the enemy has intensified its attacks on Kharkiv, and has demanded the surrender of the defenders of Mariupol. The Ukrainian military has rebuffed this ultimatum.
According to the head of the Mariupol patrol police, Mykhailo Vershynin, hundreds of civilians are hiding Russian shelling in the Mariupol Azovstal iron and steel works. According to the police chief, Mariupol residents "do not trust the Russian military, as they’ve seen what has been happening in the city."