General Surovikin reported to Shoigu about the successes of the Russian army in Ukraine. And then he announced the surrender of Kherson. Here is the full transcript of his report

Sergei Shoigu: Sergei Vladimirovich, please report on the situation in the area of ​​the special military operation.

Sergei Surovikin : Comrade Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, in general, the situation in the area of ​​the special military operation has been stabilized. The combat capabilities of the combined grouping of troops and forces have increased significantly. At the expense of mobilized citizens and volunteers, the combat strength of military units was increased. Additional reserves have been created.

The active actions of the units of the united group of troops and forces prevented all attempts of offensive operations of the armed forces of Ukraine in the Kupyansk and Krasnolimansk directions. In addition, offensive operations were resumed in certain areas. In the Donetsk direction, they completed the defeat of the enemy on the right bank of the Bakhmutka River south of Artemovsk. Active actions are currently underway to block the city from the south. There are street fights on the eastern outskirts of the city of Artemovsk.

The offensive to liberate Marinka and Pervomaisk is successfully developing. In the South-Donetsk direction, the liberation of the settlement of Pavlovka is being completed. In the area of ​​the Vremevsky ledge , subunits of the grouping of troops pushed the enemy back and occupied the dominant heights in the depths of his defense. The enemy is inflicted significant damage in manpower and equipment. In October alone, the enemy lost more than 12,000 servicemen, 18 aircraft, 12 helicopters, six anti-aircraft missile systems, more than 200 tanks, more than 800 other armored combat vehicles, 21 multiple rocket launcher combat vehicles. Destroyed about 350 mercenaries.

Despite high losses in manpower and equipment, the enemy does not abandon attempts to attack. All his attacks are stopped in a timely manner, wedging into our defenses is eliminated and the position along the forward edge is restored.

Shoigu: Sergey Vladimirovich, earlier you reported on the situation that is developing in the Kherson direction. Here the defense is stable, but there are some peculiarities. How are things now?

Surovikin: Comrade Defense Minister, I report that we are successfully resisting all enemy offensive attempts. During the repulsion of his attacks in the area from August to October, the armed forces of Ukraine lost more than nine and a half thousand soldiers killed and wounded, more than 200 tanks, 500 armored combat vehicles, about 600 vehicles for various purposes and more than 50 artillery pieces and mortars.

As you know, the attacking side suffers greater losses than the one that is on the defensive. In this case, our losses are 7-8 times less than those of the enemy. We think first of all about the life of every Russian serviceman. The enemy strikes at local governments, schools, hospitals, other socially significant facilities, civilians who are evacuated to the other side of the Dnieper, as well as at humanitarian aid distribution points. We successfully reflect these attacks.

About 80-90% of missiles are shot down by Russian air defense systems. At the same time, up to 20% of them still achieve their goal. The engineering units of the grouping of troops restore the Dnieper crossings almost daily and take measures to keep them in working order.

Under these conditions, the city of Kherson and adjacent settlements cannot be fully supplied and function. Lives of people are constantly in danger due to shelling. The enemy is firing indiscriminately at the city. It is possible to use prohibited methods of warfare.

The regional administration decided to evacuate the population from the right bank of the Dnieper to the Crimea and other regions for this reason. Currently, all those who wish, this is more than 115 thousand people, have left the area. We did our best to ensure their safety during the evacuation.

The implementation of the enemy’s plans to create a flood zone below the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station can lead to dangerous consequences. This is confirmed by constant missile attacks on the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, as well as on the spillway gates of this dam. So, on September 26, one of the spillway gates was struck and damaged. The intensive discharge of water through the dam of the Kievskaya hydroelectric power station and hydroelectric power station downstream, carried out since October 10, is also a cause for concern about the spill of this river in the area of ​​​​its channel and flooding of coastal areas.

If the Kyiv regime decides to further increase the flow of water from reservoirs or a more powerful missile attack on the Kakhovka dam, a flow of water will form that will create vast flood zones and lead to significant casualties among the civilian population. There will be an additional threat to the civilian population and the complete isolation of our group of troops on the right bank of the Dnieper.

Under these conditions, the most appropriate option is to organize defense along the barrier line of the Dnieper River. Comrade Defense Minister, having comprehensively assessed the current situation, it is proposed to take up defense along the left bank of the Dnieper River. I understand that this is a very difficult decision, but at the same time we will preserve the most important thing: the lives of our servicemen and the overall combat effectiveness of the group of troops, which is futile to keep on the right bank in a limited area. In addition, part of the forces and means will be released, which will be used for active operations, including offensive ones in other directions in the operation zone.

Shoigu: Sergei Vladimirovich, I agree with your conclusions and proposals. For us, the life and health of Russian servicemen is always a priority. We must also take into account the threat to the civilian population. Make sure that all civilians who want to leave can leave. Proceed with the withdrawal of troops and take all measures to ensure the safe transfer of personnel, weapons and equipment across the Dnieper River.

Surovikin: yes. The maneuver of the troops will be carried out as soon as possible. Formations and units will occupy defensive lines and positions prepared in engineering respect on the left bank of the Dnieper River. The report is finished.

(C)MEDUZA 2022


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