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May 29, 2022
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Kherson and Zaporozhye are already ours. When will Nikolaev fall?

In the photo: Kherson.  A Russian soldier at a post in the Park of Glory.

In the photo: Kherson. A Russian soldier at a post in the Park of Glory. (Photo: AP/TASS)

Russia is establishing a peaceful life in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. Along the way, the offensive continues in the Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions, which will protect residents from Ukrainian sabotage, and at the same time turn the tide of the battle for Donbass.

Gradov and S-400 divisions will protect the port of Mariupol from Ukrainian sabotage

Russian troops continue to improve their tactical positions and strengthen defensive lines in the southern direction, where so far the RF Armed Forces have achieved the greatest success during the special operation.

The American Institute for the Study of War regularly monitors the development of military and civilian infrastructure in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

And he notes that Russia has already managed to create a well-echeloned, deep defense here, which will effectively resist possible attempts by Ukrainian counterattacks. True, Kyiv only hints and threatens with such an offensive, but there is simply no strength for any significant blow.

In the meantime, Russia is massively moving land, sea and military equipment here along the land corridor from Crimea. Control over strategic objects of transport infrastructure is being strengthened – these are airfields and railways, and most importantly, ports. Russia now controls four major seaports: Kherson, Mariupol, Berdyansk and Skadovsk.

The port infrastructure is in good condition, even despite the fighting. The water area of ​​the Mariupol port has already been completely cleared of mines and ships flooded by Ukrainians during the flight. And already on May 28, the first ship entered the port – a cargo carrier of the Slavutich type, which stood up for loading. Dry cargo ships will have to take out dozens of tons of metal and metal structures that have accumulated in the port. The first batch will go to Rostov-on-Don.

Such critical infrastructure facilities in the southern regions, taken under the control of Russian troops, as the port of Mariupol, will be guarded, among other things, by the Grad MLRS, writes the Institute for the Study of War. In addition, additional S-400 divisions are deployed in the northwestern part of Crimea. Missile systems allow you to completely close the sky from possible attacks and sabotage.

The offensive in Zaporozhye, Mykolaiv and Dnepropetrovsk regions will break the logistics of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Offensive operations are also continuing to expand the southern bridgehead. The Institute for the Study of War recorded maneuvers along the administrative border of the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions. In particular, on May 26, assault operations were recorded in the area of ​​​​Tavrichesky and Nikolaevka – these are small settlements that are located on the northern shore of the Kakhovka reservoir. On the southern shore of the reservoir in the city of Energodar is the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. In addition, the reservoir is extremely important for the water supply of Crimea, because from it water enters the North Crimean Canal, which was released by the Russian military in the very first days of the February special operation.

The Institute for the Study of War notes that Russian troops have significantly increased their grouping around Vasilyevka and Pologi, which in the future will allow for an effective offensive in the directions of Kamenskoye, Orekhovo and Gulyaipol.

These are the settlements of the Zaporozhye region that still remain under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Occupation of them by the Russian Armed Forces will allow cutting off the supply channel of the Ukrainian group in the Donbass, American experts say.

This is probably what the missile attack on the production shops of the Motor Sich plant in Zaporozhye, which remains the main logistics hub for the Donbass grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was primarily aimed at.

Attacks on military installations in the Dnepropetrovsk and Mykolaiv regions (including Krivoy Rog) are also intended to completely destroy Ukrainian logistics, experts at the Institute for the Study of War state. At the same time, they note that the offensive in the Zaporozhye region is not a priority for the Russian troops, but supports the main one – in the Donbass.

New peaceful life – Russian phones, passports and pensions

At the same time, peaceful life is also being established in the territories of Ukraine controlled by Russia. The Institute for the Study of War lists numerous positive steps that Moscow is taking.

The transfer of the Zaporozhye region to the Moscow time zone has begun. Russian license plates for cars and Russian prefixes for mobile phones are being introduced in Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. The reception of Russian TV and radio is becoming more and more confident: the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation has sent three repeaters to Mariupol.

The authorities also promised in the near future to create new systems of budget subsidies and taxation, focused on Russian legislation. Starting from June, pensions will be paid in rubles.

May 25 President Vladimir Putin signed a decree simplifying the process of obtaining Russian citizenship. For this, passport points are being created again (in particular, in Melitopol). The exact number of those who received Russian passports is still unknown. But it can be assumed that the number will soon go into the thousands.

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