Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has visited the frontline city of Mykolaiv, where he held a meeting on the problems facing the war-affected region, Presidential Office chief-of-staff Andriy Yermak said on the Telegram messenger on June 18.
Yermak said that the president had held a meeting on the situation in the region, in particular, the state of the economy and ways to solve infrastructure issues in the region.
Top officials also discussed the restoration of water supplies to Mykolaiv, which has been complicated by the damage done to the city’s water supply systems by Russian attacks.
"It's key. We'll find a solution," Yermak said.
Mykolaiv Oblast’s agriculture sector was also discussed.
"This year's harvest is a very important process, as well as the provision of farms with the necessary technical equipment and fuel," the chief-of-staff said.
"Much depends on the availability of premises for grain storage and the formation of new logistics routes."
Representatives of the regional military command reported on the situation in the war zone both on land and the Black Sea.
The participants of the meeting discussed threats from land, sea and the unrecognized Transnistria (a Russian-occupied part of Moldova), as well as the situation on (Ukraine’s Russian-occupied) Zmiimyi (Snake) Island. They also paid attention to the logistical support of a separate group of coastal forces and its defense needs.
Zelensky presented state awards to local authorities, namely the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky III degree to Mykolaiv Regional Governor Vitaliy Kim, the Order of Courage III degree to Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych, and the rank of Brigadier General to Colonel Andriy Hnatov.
The delegation also inspected the building of Mykolaiv Regional State Administration, which was earlier destroyed by missile strike. The president instructed that the necessary assistance be given to the families of those killed in the missile attack on the building.