Russian general: “The situation is very bad” in Kherson, the first city the Russians took control of

“The situation is very serious in Kherson”. With this sentence, General Sergei Surovkin, who ten days ago was assigned to direct the Russian military operations in Ukraine summed up the status of that city in southern Ukraine.

While last night, Tuesday, he confirmed in an interview with the television channel “Russia 24” that his forces will ensure the evacuation in residents’ safety.

The importance of Cherson

Perhaps these statements were enough to launch a wave of speculation and speculation on the situation of the Russian forces, especially in southern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces have continued, since last September, to conduct a counter campaign to recover dozens of cities and towns in south and east, controlled by the Russians for months.

However, the importance of Kherson is divided in two criteria, moral and strategic.

It is the first major Ukrainian city to fall into the hands of Russian forces since the outbreak of the conflict on February 24, which was a strong moral boost for Moscow.

It is also among the four regions that the Kremlin announced at the end of September (2022) its annexation to Russia, and therefore the new Ukrainian control over it would be a serious blow to Moscow and the prestige of its army.

special position

Furthermore, this region is of particular importance, in as it includes the dam of the Kakhovka power plant and the Antonovsky bridge which connects the city with the southern bank of the Dnieper River and the rest of the Kherson region.

But in light of the intense Ukrainian attacks on these sites, Russian forces fear that the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam could lead to massive flooding.

In addition, the geographical location of Kherson is of particular importance, as the region lies on the borders of the Dnepropetrovsk and Nikolaev regions and has a land border with Crimea to the south, while facing the Black Sea to the southwest and southeast. on the Sea of ​​Azov.

Interestingly, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has reached its eighth month, between the continuation of mutual attacks between the two sides, and relatively slow progress. in this moment, for the Ukrainian forces in their counter-offensive launched last month, after having made significant progress in passed at the expense of Russian forces.