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Dnieper’s left bank ‘quite well’ protected from Ukrainian troops — Crimean lawmaker

Vladimir Konstantinov pointed out that Kiev had been staging provocations in Crimea since 2014

SIMFEROPOL, November 29. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Armed Forces did not come closer to Crimea after taking Kherson because they remain on the right bank of the Dnieper River, Crimean Parliament Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov told reporters on Tuesday.

"The taking of Kherson did not bring them closer to Crimea because they remained on the other side of the Dnieper. This side (the left bank - TASS) is very well fortified as all the necessary measures were taken there and reserves were formed as far as we can see from media reports, and mobilized troops have arrived. That said, the area <...> is quite well protected," Konstantinov noted.

He pointed out that Kiev had been staging provocations in Crimea since 2014. "Their terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge makes it clear that everything can happen so intelligence agencies and other bodies need to remain alert," Konstantinov said.

Freelance Advisor to the Kherson Regional Governor Alexander Malkevich told TASS earlier on Tuesday that Ukrainian troops were plundering the households of teachers and civil servants in the community of Belozyorka and around Kherson, in some cases seizing their homes. Private homes may be used as fire emplacements "for attacking our positions on the left bank or as hideouts or barracks," he added.