Kharkiv mayor: 'We will not falter in face of Russian aggression'

Kharkiv
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Russian forces will not overpower the strategic Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, despite looming threats, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said n a recent interview with LIGA.net.

"Our focus isn't on what the adversary plans but on our response and resilience," Terekhov stated. He underscored the significance of robust military defenses and other critical factors in thwarting any aggression.

Asserting the city's unyielding spirit, Terekhov added, "Kharkiv stands as a bulwark of Ukraine, and we're fully cognizant of this role. There's no sense of panic here – the Russian tactics of intimidation will find no foothold."

Earlier on March 26, the independent Russian outlet Meduza published an article about Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s alleged plans to take Kharkiv.

According to the report, a source close to the Kremlin believes that Putin aims to capture Kharkiv and then conclude the so-called "Special military operation."

"It [would be] also a symbolic victory: a city with a million population, where many Russian-speaking people live," said one of Meduza’s sources.

While the report suggested that there has been no decision made on a large-scale offensive towards Kharkiv, it remains "quite a plausible scenario."

Responding to Russian media reports that the Kremlin aims to conquer Kharkiv, regional governor Oleh Synehubov said that the Russian military has proven itself incapable of doing so.

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"Over 761 days of conflict, Russian troops have consistently fallen short of their objectives in our region, failing to conquer the indomitable spirit of Kharkiv's residents or hold any strategic locations," Synehubov  said on Telegram.

"Neither in 2022 nor in 2023 could they defeat the indomitable people of Kharkiv, nor maintain positions in the population centers of the region," said Synehubov.

On March 26, the Third Separate Assault Brigade Deputy Commander, Maxym Zhorin, warned of the potential threat to Kharkiv and Sumy oblasts, which border Russia.

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