Army General Sergey Surovikin on Tuesday spoke to media for the first time since assuming overall command of the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine.
Describing the situation as particularly “tense” around the city of Kherson in his statement to Rossiya-24 broadcaster, he added that the military may be forced to make “difficult decisions.”
“The NATO command of the armed forces of Ukraine has long been demanding offensive operations in the Kherson direction from the Kiev regime, regardless of any casualties – both in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and among the civilian population,” Surovikin stated.
Russian military is aware of Kiev’s plans to use “prohibited” means of waging war in the Krehson area, Surovikin added.
Namely, Ukraine is preparing a massive strike on the Kahovskaya hydroelectric plant, located on the Dnepr river, as well as launching massive rocket and artillery attacks on Kherson itself.
“These actions can lead to the destruction of the infrastructure of this large industrial center and massive casualties among the civilian population,” Surovikin said.