Zelensky says Ukrainian forces will move cautiously to reinforce their positions in the south

(Presidential Office of Ukraine)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country “will act with great caution, without emotions, without unnecessary risks”, in light of Russia’s announcement to withdraw its troops from part of the Kherson region.

In his daily video message, Zelensky said, “We are gradually moving south, strengthening our positions. Step by step.”

“There’s a lot of joy in the information space today – and it’s understandable why,” Zelensky said.

“But our emotions must be restrained – always in war. I certainly will not feed the enemy every detail of our operations. Whether in the south, or in the east, or anywhere else – when our result will be achieved, everyone will see it.”

“This is how we will ensure the liberation of Kherson, Kakhovka, Donetsk and our other cities,” the Ukrainian president said.

“Nobody just leaves if they don’t feel strong. The enemy doesn’t give us gifts, don’t give ‘goodwill gestures’. We fight for that,” Zelensky said.

“And when you fight, you have to understand that every step is always the enemy’s resistance, it’s always the loss of our heroes’ lives.”

“Currently the toughest battles are taking place in the Donetsk region, a lot of things are being decided there,” he said.

Zelensky also referred to warnings from Ukrainian officials that Russia may try to destroy the large hydroelectric project and the dam on the Dnipro River.

“I want to warn once again and separately all those in Moscow who make the relevant decisions: any attempt to blow up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station and to flood our territory and to dry out the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station [which is upstream from the dam] will mean your declaration of war on the whole world,” he said.

The Russian general commanding the forces of the so-called Kremlin special military operation, Sergey Surovikin, claimed that it is the Ukrainians who plan to destroy the dam.

“The implementation of enemy plans to create a flood zone under the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station can lead to dangerous consequences. This is confirmed by the constant missile attacks on the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, as well as on the spillway gates of this dam,” Surovikin said on Wednesday.

“If the Kyiv regime opts for a further increase in the release of water from the reservoirs or a more powerful missile attack on the Kakhovka dam, a flow of water will form which will create large floodplains and cause major losses. among the civilian population,” Surovikin said.

Zelensky also addressed ongoing power outages caused by waves of Russian missile attacks.

“Since tonight there are (planned) stabilization restrictions on electricity supply in 15 regions and the city of Kyiv. There is no emergency shutdown,” he said. .

Christi C. Elwood