Russia is bringing new army items into Kherson because it prepares to defend town from any contemporary Ukrainian offensive, the top of Ukraine’s Protection Intelligence Company stated in an interview with Kyiv-based information web site Ukrainska Pravda.
Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov stated that, whereas Moscow was shifting injured individuals, money and the Russian-installed administrative authorities and monetary establishments out of town, it was placing extra troops in.
“[Russian bank] Promsvyazbank and different monetary buildings that the Russians introduced there are being taken out,” Budanov stated.
“They’re taking out money, [internet] servers, the so-called occupation authorities … All of the non-walking, critically injured are being taken out, they’re attempting to discharge those that can stroll as quickly as doable from hospitals … They create the phantasm that all the pieces is misplaced,” added Budanov.
“And on the similar time, quite the opposite, they carry new army items there and put together the streets of town for protection.”
Budanov stated Moscow was appearing out of concern that Ukrainian troops would possibly retake the vital Kakhovka dam, which lies to the east of Kherson, and encircle its troops within the metropolis.
“They perceive that if we take a minimum of management over the Kakhovka dam … they should decide in a short time. Both [they will have to] very, in a short time go away town and get out, or they threat ending up in the identical state of affairs that our items in Mariupol discovered themselves in earlier,” he stated.
“Understanding all this, they’re making ready the bottom in order that, if crucial, they will get out of there in a short time. Nevertheless, they don’t seem to be making ready to go away now. They’re making ready to defend.”
Budanov repeated allegations that the Russians had “partially mined” the dam.
He stated he didn’t imagine Russian forces would fully destroy it, as a result of doing so would flood a lot of the Kherson area and lower off the water provide to annexed Crimea and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant.
“In different phrases, in case you make a whole destruction, then the state of affairs is as follows. Are they prepared for it? I don’t assume so,” he stated.