KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – SUNDAY, 10 JULY 2022, 21:43
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, ordered the Ukrainian military to re-establish control over coastal regions in southern Ukraine. Ukraine is amassing a million-strong fighting force in order to achieve this goal.
Source: Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s Minister of Defence, in an interview for The Times [of London]
Details: "Ukraine is massing a million-strong fighting force equipped with western weapons to recover its southern territory from Russia," The Times wrote.
Reznikov said that President Zelenskyy had ordered Ukraine’s military to retake occupied coastal areas which are vital to the country’s economy.
Quote from Reznikov: "We understand that, politically, it’s very necessary for our country. The president has given the order to the supreme military chief to draw up plans. After that the general staff are doing their homework and say to achieve this goal we need XYZ […] This is my job. I’m writing letters to counterparts in partner countries […]"
- Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine is calling on residents of the occupied areas of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts to evacuate by all possible means. "We must look for an opportunity to leave, because our Armed Forces will retake [the occupied territories - ed.]. It will be a huge fight," Vereshchuk said.
- Residents of occupied Kherson Oblast should leave the oblast, and those who cannot do so should prepare for hostilities, look for shelter, water and food, said Yurii Sobolevskyi, First Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Oblast Council.