Mykhailo Podoliak: Positional battles continue almost all over Ukraine near the borders with Russia and Belarus
Source: President of Ukraine website
Russian troops attacking Ukraine have taken an operational pause and are regrouping, but positional fighting continues almost across the country near the Russian Federation and Belarus border. Adviser stated this to the Head of the President’s Office Mykhailo Podoliak at a briefing at the Office of the Head of State.
According to him, fierce fighting continues in the south of Ukraine.
“Genichesk, Skadovsk, Nova Kakhovka are under attack. There are a lot of photo and video recordings of the destruction caused by the Russian armed forces, even to civilian infrastructure, ” Mykhailo Podoliak said.
He noted that fierce fighting also continues in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine were ready for such a development. Ukrainian defenders are very active in resisting and even pushing the enemy some distance from the border.
The adviser to the head of the Office of the Head of State stressed that Ukraine still controls the supply of food and infrastructure that ensures people’s daily lives.
“It simply came to our notice then. There are some situational interruptions with cellular communication during the day, mobile communication, the Internet. But all this is under control; everything is being repaired quickly,” he said.
Mykhailo Podoliak noted that in the south and east of Ukraine, the Russian armed forces are not only attacking military infrastructure but have also begun to strike rapidly at civilian targets.
“In Vugledar, a hospital came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades. “Grady is also attacking the districts of Mariupol,” said an adviser to the head of the President’s Office.
In addition, according to him, the aggressor’s ground troops entered the territory of Belarus, but four ballistic missiles struck Ukraine. These are legal proofs of the great war that Russia waged against Ukraine with the help of Belarus, and they must be recorded, Mykhailo Podoliak stressed.
“There are also operative data that several DRGs of the Russian Federation wanted to commit a terrorist act at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and cause a powerful environmental catastrophe. This significantly changes the picture of what is happening in Ukraine. It is clear that Russia does not just want to overthrow the government or replace it with puppet performers – it intends to cause maximum destruction in Ukraine. Even of an environmental nature, ” said the adviser to the head of the Office of the Head of State.
Against this background, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in Kyiv, continues to work actively with foreign partners.
We are forming a kind of coalition in order to counter Russian aggression effectively. Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada are also in Kyiv – and all factions, almost without exception. There is also a government (in Kyiv). Everyone works in a state of emergency or even martial law. Everyone works very actively and clearly understands their functions and tasks,” Mykhailo Podoliak said.
He also drew attention to the fact that Russian citizens actively condemn Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The Russians are already beginning to understand that this is not a point-based military operation, as was the case in Donbas, but a large-scale, full-scale war, which will cause a large number of casualties.
“This is our country. And the country is worth paying a high price for, ” Mykhailo Podoliak summed up.