GENICHESK, November 18. /TASS/. Officials from the administration of the Skadovsk District in the Kherson Region on Friday said Ukrainian forces are afraid of approaching the bank of the Dnieper, let alone crossing the river.
"Despite statements by some Ukrainian politicians, the enemy is afraid of approaching the bank of the Dnieper, and their crossing of the river is out of the question," the administration said on Telegram. Artillery has been firing from the eastern bank, officials said.
Earlier, the administration of the Kherson Region said the Russian military wouldn’t allow Ukrainian troops to cross the Dnieper.
On November 9, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ordered a pullback of Russian forces from the western bank of the Dnieper, where Kherson is located, agreeing to a proposal by Sergey Surovikin, commander of the integrated group of forces in the special military operation zone.
Surovikin stressed that Russian forces had been successfully repelling Ukrainian attacks, and the decision to pull back was due to the risk that the group could be isolated if the area below the Kakhovskaya HPP dam is flooded. According to the commander, all civilians who agreed to evacuate, or more than 115,000 people, had been relocated to the eastern bank. Some government agencies have temporarily relocated to Genichesk.