I can find no mention of the situation with Kherson on the Duran (they did not, to my knowledge, report on this speech.
This is from Brian Berletic
⚔🇷🇺🇺🇦 Situation Around Kherson
Russian defenses are formitable, but logistics are admittedly complicated. Russia will likely give up Kherson (possible interpretation of “making difficult decisions”) if overwhelmed by Ukrainian forces rather than lose men and equipment needed for the next phase of fighting.
Ukraine will lose huge amounts of men and equipment no matter the outcome – we’re talking entire brigades and “victory” will leave them even further depleted and overextended when Russia finally makes its next big move.
Ukraine is throwing everything left at Russia before winter hoping to take Kherson and that the political fallout can stop Russia’s next phase of operations in ways Ukraine’s military cannot on the battlefield
The Russian military will ensure safe departure and the already announced departure of the population under the resettlement program.
“All further actions in relation to Kherson will depend on the current military-tactical situation, it is not easy, it does not exclude the adoption of difficult decisions.”
The main thing from an interview with General Sergei Surovikin: the situation at the front, the pace of advancement and Russia’s plans
General Surovikin spoke about the situation at the front and plans to advance Russia in Ukraine
On the evening of October 18, 2022, General Sergei Surovikin spoke to the Russians for the first time . The Commander of the Special Operation announced the main news from the front in Ukraine, spoke about the plans of the Russian troops to advance and the priority goals of the command.
LATEST NEWS FROM THE FRONT IN UKRAINE
– The situation in the special operation zone is tense. The enemy is trying to attack the positions of Russian troops. This applies to the Kupyansk, Krasnolimansk and Nikolaev-Kryvyi Rih directions, – Surovikin announced the main news from the front in Ukraine.
– Ukrainians and I are one people and we want the same thing, that Ukraine be independent from the West and NATO, a friendly state for Russia. Our enemy is a criminal regime that pushes the citizens of Ukraine to death.
– This mode pulls all available reserves to the front line. Basically, these are territorial defense forces. In fact, dooms them to destruction. To prevent escape from the front line, the Ukrainian authorities use detachments of nationalists who shoot anyone who tries to leave the battlefield.
– Losses of the enemy range from 600 to 1000 people killed and wounded per day.
GOALS OF THE RUSSIAN COMMAND
– We do not strive for high rates of advancement, we protect each soldier and methodically grind the attacking enemy. This not only minimizes losses, but also significantly reduces the number of civilian casualties.
– Russian troops are increasing the number of combat personnel, creating additional reserves, equipping defensive lines and positions along the entire line of contact.
– Strikes with high-precision weapons continue on military facilities and infrastructure facilities that affect the combat capability of Ukrainian troops.
EFFICIENCY OF MODERN WEAPONS OF RUSSIA
– The special operation confirmed the effectiveness of both aviation systems and air defense systems in service.
– Crews have completed more than 34,000 sorties. More than 7,000 guided weapons have been used.
– The newest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles have proven themselves well and reliably. None of the enemy air defense systems can withstand this missile.
– Strategic cruise missiles also showed high readiness.
– It is especially necessary to highlight the fifth-generation multifunctional aircraft Su-57.
– Unmanned aircraft have completed more than 8,000 sorties. And shock unmanned vehicles destroyed more than 600 enemy targets.
MAKING DIFFICULT DECISIONS
– A difficult situation has developed in the Kherson direction. News from all fronts in Ukraine on October 18, 2022 is such that the enemy is purposefully hitting the infrastructure and residential buildings of Kherson – the Antonovsky bridge and the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station were damaged by Hymers rockets. As a result, the delivery of food products is difficult, there are problems with water and electricity supply. All this creates a direct threat to the life of the population and their families.
– We have information about the possible use by Kyiv of prohibited methods and methods of warfare in the Kherson region. A missile strike is being prepared on the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station and a rocket and artillery strike on the city indiscriminately. This can lead to the destruction of infrastructure and, of course, to large casualties among the civilian population.
– Our first priority is to preserve the lives and health of civilians. So, first of all, the Russian army ensures the safe exit of the population.
– Our further plans and actions regarding Kherson itself will depend on the current situation. In any case, we will proceed from the need to maximize the preservation of the lives of the civilian population and our servicemen. This is a priority for us. We will act consciously, in a timely manner, not excluding the adoption of the most difficult decisions.
Sergey Surovikin about the situation in the NVO zone
What is happening in the special military operation zone, how effective are Russian aviation and air defense forces, and what threats is Kyiv preparing for Kherson. About this – in an interview with the commander of the Joint Group of Forces in the area of the special military operation Sergei Surovikin Source: Russia 24
General Sergei Surovikin in the first interview, the first interview after being appointed commander of the NVO in Ukraine
General Sergey Surovikin in the first interview spoke about the losses of Ukraine and the situation at the front (more)
General Surovikin warned about the upcoming difficult decisions regarding Kherson
The main thing that the commander of the Joint Group of Russian Forces said in the special operation zone on the current situation on the Southern Front (more details)
Army General Sergey Surovikin on Tuesday spoke to the media for the first time since assuming overall command of the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine.
Describing the situation as particularly “tense” around the city of Kherson in his statement to the broadcaster Rossiya-24, he added that the military may be forced to make “difficult decisions.”
“The NATO command of the armed forces of Ukraine has long been demanding offensive operations in the Kherson direction from the Kiev regime, regardless of any casualties – both in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and among the civilian population,” Surovikin stated.
The Russian military is aware of Kiev’s plans to use “prohibited” means of waging war in the Kherson area, Surovikin added. Namely, Ukraine is preparing a massive strike on the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant, located on the Dnieper River, as well as launching massive rocket and artillery attacks on Kherson itself.
“These actions can lead to the destruction of the infrastructure of this large industrial center and massive casualties among the civilian population,” Surovikin said.
In the ongoing effort to dislodge the Russian military from its positions, Kiev is pouring its reserves en masse into the frontline, the general said. The vast majority of those reserves are “territorial defense units, who have not been properly trained,” Surovikin added. Such troops have low morale, thus they are propped up by “barrier squads” composed of hardline nationalists “who shoot anyone trying to leave the battlefield,” he claimed.
The enemy’s daily losses amount to hundreds of casualties. We have a different strategy. <…> We are not aiming at fast-paced offensives, we spare every soldier and methodically grind the enemy’s attacking forces. This not only minimizes our own losses, but also significantly reduces the amount of victims among the civilian population.
“The enemy is the criminal regime that pushes Ukrainian citizens towards death. We are one people with Ukrainians and only wish for Ukraine to be a state independent from the West and NATO and friendly towards Russia,” Surovikin said.
Surovikin assumed overall command of Russian troops participating in the military operation earlier in October. The general has significant combat experience, ranging from hostilities in Chechnya to the operation in Syria, for which he was awarded the title of Hero of Russia back in 2017.
According to media reports, Surovikin was given the nickname ‘General Armageddon’ by his colleagues over his hardline and unorthodox approach to warfare. His elevation into the new role has coincided with Russia ramping-up aerial bombings across Ukraine, with cruise missiles and suicide drones attacking crucial infrastructure sites in the country.
Good afternoon, Mr. Surovikin! You were appointed the Commander of the Joint Group of Troops in the area of the special military operation by a decree of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation. A lot of Russian citizens are concerned about the current situation.
The situation in the area of the special military operation can generally be described as tense.
The enemy does not leave attempts to attack the positions of Russian troops. First of all, it concerns Kupyansk, Krasny Liman and Nikolayev–Krivoy Rog direction. Our enemy is the criminal regime that pushes Ukrainian citizens to death. The Ukrainians and we are one people and we wish Ukraine to be a friendly State for Russia, independent on the West and NATO.
Ukrainian regime indends to break our defence. With this purpose, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are bringing all their reserve forces available to the frontline. These are usually territorial defence units that have not been completely trained.
Ukrainian leadership is actually condemn them to death. This kind of units usually have low morale. To prevent desertions from the frontline, Ukrainian authorities involve blocking detachments manned by nationalists who shoot everyone who tries to abandon the battlefield.
The enemy suffers everyday casualties from 600 to 1,000 people.
We follow a different strategy. It has already been mentioned by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. We do not seek high rates of advance, but save every soldier and methodically ‘grind down’ the attacking enemy. Not only do we minimise our casualties this way, but also considerably reduce the number of victims among civilians.
The Joint Group of Troops is currently taking measures to increase the combat and numerical strength in units and formations, to create additional reserve forces, to prepare defence lines and positions along all the line of contact.
We continue launching attacks with high-precision armament at the military and infrastructure facilities that influence on the combat effectiveness of Ukrainian troops.
Apart from being appointed the Commander of the Joint Group of Troops (Forces) in the area of the special military operation, you remain the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces. How would you describe the effectiveness of Russian aviation and air defence forces?
The special military operation has proved the effectiveness of the air systems and air defence facilities available.
Crews of operational-tactical, army and long-range aviation have performed over 34,000 combat flights during the operation. They have launched over 7,000 guided airpower ordnance. The cutting-edge Kinzhal ultrasonic air missiles have proven themselves well in neutralising facilities. There is no enemy air defence system that would scare us. Highest precision has also been shown by air-based strategic cruise missiles.
As for the operational quality, I want to distinguish Su-57 multipurpose airplane of 5th generation. Fitted with a wide range of armament, it performs multifaceted tasks related to the neutralisation of air and ground targets.
Unmanned aviation has performed over 8,000 flights, while attack drones have destroyed over 600 AFU facilities.
Several days ago, the interim governor of Kherson region Vladimir Saldo stated that the authorities had decided to organise the possibility to leave the region to other parts of the Russian Federation for recreation or studying. It primarily concerns the right shore. The head of the region stated that these measures were taken to provide safery of civilians amid frequent attacks of the AFU. How would you comment on this decision?
There is a difficult situation at the abovementioned direction. The enemy launches deliberate attacks at infrastructure facilities and residential buildings located in Kherson. Impacts of HIMARS rockets have damaged Antonovka bridge and the dyke of Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant where the traffic is currently stopped.
It has resulted in impeding alimentation deliveries; certain problems have been recorded in supplying water and electricity. All of these not only complicates the residents’ everyday life, but also poses a direct threat to their lives.
NATO leadership that leads the Armed Forces of Ukraine has long demanded the Kiev regime to conduct offensive operations towards Kherson, regardless of any casualties: neither in the AFU, nor among the civilian population.
We have got data on the possible use of prohibited methods of war by the Kiev regime near Kherson, on the preparation of a massive missile attack at the barrage of Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, as well as launching a massive indiscriminate missile and artillery attack at the city.
This action can lead to the destruction of the infrastructure of a large industrial centre and high casualties among civilians.
In these conditions, our primary task is to save lives and health of civilians. That is why, first of all, the Russian army will provide safe departure of the population according to the resettlement programme that is currently being prepared by the Russian Government.
Our further plans and action regarding the city of Kherson itself will depend on the military and tactical situation.
I repeat: has already become very difficult.
Anyway, as I have already said, we will procees from the necessity to maximally save the lives of civilians and our personnel.
We will operate consciously, promptly, not excluding to take difficult decisions.