Russian forces have been pushed back slightly from Ukraine's Mykolayiv city, says governor

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A fallen tree lies near the damaged Regional Cancer Centre, after it was reportedly shelled, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Mykolayiv, in this handout image uploaded on March 11, 2022. Maxim Beznosenko/Handout via REUTERS

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LVIV, Ukraine, March 15 (Reuters) - The governor of Ukraine's southern region of Mykolayiv said the security situation was calmer in the area on Tuesday because Russian forces had been pushed back slightly from the regional capital, which they have been trying to seize.

In an interview on national television, Governor Vitaliy Kim said Russian troops continued to fire at the city of Mykolayiv and that 80 people were wounded on Monday, including two children.

"You can be 99% sure that Mykolayiv region will continue to hold back the advance of the Russian troops. There is the Bug River, which they need to force their way across in order to advance," he said. "We will not give up the bridges to the invaders."

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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