Russia declares permanent presence in southern Ukraine

The Russian official said Russian forces would “have a permanent presence” in Kherson in southern Ukraine and pledged to support that location.

“I would like to emphasize once again that Russia will be here forever, there is no doubt about that. There will be no going back to what it was before. Together we will live and develop this rich, prosperous country. this historical heritage and humanity,” Russian Senator Andrey Turchak said after meeting Governor Kherson Volodymyr Saldo on April 6.

Mr. Turchak assured that the people of Kherson will decide the status of this province. Russia will help solve local problems through humanitarian assistance and pledges to support the Kherson province, two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.

“We discussed the tasks for the summer period related to domestic economy, as well as preparation for the autumn-winter period and logistical support for the transportation of grain and agricultural products, popular goods. the language of the province,” said Mr. Turchak said.

Russian soldiers in Kherson, southern Ukraine, on April 19. Photo: RIA Novosti.

Russian soldiers in Cherson, southern Ukraine on April 19. Picture: RIA Novosti.

Veterans of the Great Patriotic War living in Kherson province will receive gifts and a sum of money from Russian President Vladimir Putin to mark the 77th anniversary of the Victory, the Russian senator said.

Ukraine has not commented on the above information.

This is the first time a senior Russian official has mentioned the possibility of Russian forces remaining present on Ukrainian territory after launching a special military operation in the neighboring country.

Russian forces are said to be consolidating their military presence on controlled targets in southern Ukraine while fighting anger in the east. Russia took control of the city of Kherson on March 3. This is the first major city that Russia controls after it launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24.

Kherson is located in the northern part of the Crimean peninsula. The city is considered an important link in Russia’s logistics chain through the Crimean Peninsula, allowing them to transport artillery and heavy equipment to southern Ukraine by rail.

The military situation in Ukraine after 11 weeks of fighting.  Graphic: Washington Post.

The military situation in Ukraine after 11 weeks of fighting. Graphic: Washington Post.

Nguyen Tien (Corresponding TASS, RIA Novosti)