Russian military may try to seize entire Kherson region ahead of ‘referendum’ – adviser to interior minister

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Rostyslav Smirnov, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, assumes that the invaders could launch a counter-offensive in an attempt to seize all the territory of the Kherson region before the “referendum” in the temporarily occupied territories of the region.

As Smirnov told the national news telethon, the invaders do not intend to hold a “referendum” in the Kherson region in an online format.

“That’s what they call it, ‘online’. They will just show the number of ‘votes’ and that’s it. Therefore, they have to prove a certain victory. And precisely for this purpose, we think that the enemy can try to go on a counter-offensive just before the ‘referendum’ and capture the Kherson region within its administrative borders because they haven’t captured the whole region yet,” Smirnov explained.

In this regard, he said that “it is always easier to defend than to attack”. ” In the context of [our] defensive actions and offensive actions of the enemy, we will be able to inflict significant losses on him, then, indeed, go to the counter-offensive and regain the south”, noted the adviser to the Minister of the Interior.

According to him, in the near future, the south will be the hottest region of the front.

Smirnov noted that the Russians had redeployed up to 90% of their assault troops to southern Ukraine because they were afraid of losing their positions.

Moreover, since the bridges in the Kherson region were damaged, the logistics of the Russians in this area of ​​the front are extremely difficult.

“We know that they installed a pontoon near the Antonivka bridge. But we have to understand that a pontoon does not replace a bridge and the speed of redeployment of equipment is much slower. We know that personnel are transported by barges among others. … It will certainly not replace the logistics that existed when the bridge was in operation,” he said.

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