The Russian Federation could resort to blowing up residential areas as it withdraws from the left bank of Kherson Oblast, applying a scorched-earth policy to the occupied territory.

Source: Brigadier General Oleksii Hromov, Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directive of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during a briefing

Quote from Hromov: "Given the lack of humanity and observance of international conventions by the so-called ‘world’s second army’, as well as the pathological lying by all Kremlin politicians and propagandists, the enemy may make ‘difficult decisions’.

It is highly likely that during the retreat, the enemy, in addition to mass evacuation, may resort to a series of terrorist attacks involving blowing up residential areas, turning the temporarily occupied territory into scorched earth and causing critical damage to the infrastructure of Ukraine’s retaken territories.

Taking into account the Russian Federation’s latest fake news about a so-called ‘dirty bomb’, it also cannot be ruled out that the occupiers may organise explosions at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant with the aim of finally putting it out of action and provoking a local man-made disaster, with Ukraine being accused of doing this."

Details: Hromov also noted that the Russians had no military targets to be hit with cruise missiles this week. All their efforts were limited to the destruction of civilian infrastructure.


  • On 18 October, Sergei Surovikin, the commander of the Russian army in Ukraine, said he did not rule out making "difficult decisions" regarding the future arrival of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in occupied Kherson.