The integration of the Ukraine’s Kherson region into Russia is underway, the Russian-appointed leader of the region claimed on Thursday.
“We are sure that Russia is with us, and we are with Russia forever,” Vladimir Saldo said via Telegram. “Integration has begun and will continue intensively.”
Saldo offered no further details on what “integration” means.
The city of Kherson, in the south of Ukraine, has been under Russian control since the early days of the invasion.
But the Ukrainian military has in recent weeks stepped up its counterattacks on Russian positions in the Kherson region.
A senior official in Russia's governing United Russia party, Andrei Turchak, visited Kherson last week.
“We feel that we are already together with Russia,” Saldo said. “There is confidence that in a common big family all problems will be solved systematically and we will adequately respond to all requests of the time.”