Ukraine is handing over its military bases and other equipment facilities in the Zaporozhye region (also known as Zaporizhzhia) to Russian forces, said Alexey Selivanov, deputy head of the Ministry of Regional Main Directorate. Inside, at the state-affiliated Tass news agency. The Ukrainian Armed Forces will no longer need the military facilities as these territories will become Russian territories, Selivanov said. “Of course, great attention of Russian troops will be paid to ensure that the Ukrainian regime will not harm the inhabitants of the liberated territories. For this purpose, military bases and military facilities will be needed,” Alexey Selivanov told AFP. state agency.
It was reported earlier that Kyiv was preparing for the surrender of the city of Zaporizhzhia. Volodymyr Rogov, a board member of the Zaporozhye region military-civilian administration, had said that Russian soldiers would try to take control of the Zaporozhye region once the Donbass region in the east was ‘liberated’ . There is no panic among residents of Russian-controlled towns in Ukraine’s Zaporozhye region, Tass quoted the head of the Zaporozhye region of the Interior Ministry as saying. He accused the Ukrainian army of trying to “sow chaos”.
“The most important thing is that the actions of the Russian army, the Russian National Guard and law enforcement agencies in the Zaporozhye region have convinced most people that we pose no threat to them,” Selivanov said. . He added that as the region fell under Russian control, ordinary Ukrainian people – women, children, the elderly – turned to the Russian armed forces, the police, for help. “And we help. They look to us as people who can really help them. The wall between local residents and Russian structures and our police that the Ukrainian media sought to build no longer exists.
Russian forces take control of more than 95% of Lugansk Oblast
Russian forces have now taken control of more than 95% of Luhansk Oblast and will likely continue their efforts to complete the capture of Severodonetsk in the coming days, the ISW think tank reports. They did, however, make “unsuccessful attempts” to advance southeast of Izyum near the Kharkiv-Donetsk Oblast border. They continue to make persistent advances south and west of Popasna towards Bakhmut.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also recently signed a decree on May 25 to simplify the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport in Kherson and the occupied Zaporozhye oblasts. A Russian passport will also subject conscription-eligible residents of the occupied territories to forced military service. Russian forces are also launching strikes in Zaporozhye to disrupt a key logistics hub for Ukrainian forces operating in the east.
Russian forces commit significant numbers of their troops, artillery and aircraft to defeat the Ukrainian army in Lugansk Oblast, where the defenders still hold their positions. They probably draw the necessary resources from the axis of Izyum, from the defensive positions around the city of Kharkiv, the city of Donetsk and the Zaporizhia region.