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Russia to stay in southern Ukraine ‘forever,’ senior lawmaker says

Municipal workers attach a Russian national flag to a pole preparing to celebrate 77 years of the victory in WWII in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP)
Municipal workers attach a Russian national flag to a pole preparing to celebrate 77 years of the victory in WWII in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 5, 2022. (AP)

MOSCOW — A senior official from the Russian parliament says Russia will remain in southern Ukraine “forever,” speaking on a visit to the Moscow-controlled city of Kherson.

“Russia is here forever. There should be no doubt about this. There will be no return to the past,” Andrey Turchak says, according to a statement from the ruling United Russia party.

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