MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. A group of Ukrainian armed forces’ paratroopers attempted to land near Kinburn Spit early in the morning on Thursday, but were destroyed, Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Kherson Region’s military-civilian administration, said.
"Literally early in the morning some paratroopers, or as they call themselves, marines, tried to penetrate on the territory of Kinburn Spit, <…> and pass from the left bank. But the attack was stopped," he said during a Soloviev Live TV broadcast, adding that the Ukrainian forces "were destroyed."
The official added that Ukrainian groups were unsuccessfully "trying to enter Kherson from different sides."
Ukraine’s armed forces are bolstering their presence along the engagement line, but they have not yet made it into the Kherson Region, Stremousov noted. "They have been constantly building up forces, but I’d like to reiterate that every time I travel to Kiselyovka, it gets picked up on the Internet. <…> The Kherson Region has remained within its limits. Nobody has penetrated either Sukhoi Stovok, or Davydov Brod, or Kiselyovka, as they have been writing, that is simply contrary to the facts," he assured.
In mid-March, the Russian Defense Ministry said the Kherson Region had been fully taken under control of Russian troops, and a military-civilian administration was formed to govern the region in late April. Its authorities have repeatedly declared their plans to join Russia.