Russia on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of troops from the Ukrainian city of Kherson.the only regional capital in the country under its control, and the evacuation of the northern third of the province, constitutes Russian president suffers serious setbackVladimir Putin, who annexed the territory more than a month ago.
“Continue the withdrawal of troops and take all necessary measures to ensure the safe transfer of troops, weapons and equipment across the Dnieper,” the Russian Defense Minister ordered. Sergei Shoiguto the head of the Russian army fighting in Ukraine, the general Sergey Surovkin.
Russia withdraws from northern third of southern region It’s an open secretbecause of a few days of talking The Russian flag no longer flies over the administrative building in its capital A few weeks ago, pro-Russian authorities evacuated civilians to the left bank of the Dnieper.
Shoigu, accompanied by the Russian military’s senior staff, approved the withdrawal after Surowykin admitted in his report that the defense of the city on the right bank of the Dnieper and its environs was “infeasible”.
“After assessing the resulting situation, we recommend moving the defenses to the left bank of the Dnieper. I understand it’s not an easy decision‘ said the general, showing a battle map with a serious face.
Surovkin, who Begin command of all Russian troops in early October In Ukraine, he accused enemy forces of bombing civilian targets from schools to hospitals. “a new one threat to civilians and the complete isolation of our troops on the right bank of the Dnieper,” the general explained.
He emphasized that some 9,500 Ukrainian soldiers killed Or wounded since August in Kherson (the date the Ukrainian armed forces began their counteroffensive). He estimates that more than 115,000 Kherson residents have been evacuated from the war zone to the region’s left bank.
“for us The lives and health of Russian soldiers have always been the top priority. We must also take into account the threat to civilians. Make sure everyone among the civilians can leave,” Shoigu said.
Russia’s withdrawal means Ukraine wins bigas it will now be able to liberate new territories in the south of the country bordering the Crimean peninsula before severe winter arrives, when low temperatures are expected to hamper progress.
Third recall since August
Putin appointed Surowekin a month ago Stop the bloodshed in southern and eastern Ukrainian territories Since the end of August, Ukraine’s counter-offensive has begun to bear fruit.On the contrary, neither 50,000 mobilizers and volunteers arrive on the front lines to make up for men shortage.
In fact, pro-Russian authorities acknowledged this week that Ukraine has ‘number advantage’ in Kherson.
russian army Already left most of eastern Kharkiv in early Septemberthe decision forced the Kremlin to order partial mobilization and speed up annexation of four Ukrainian regions: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye.
And in early October Russia also withdraws from Liman fort In the Donetsk region, this happened after Putin signed the annexation of the Donbass to the Kremlin.
Kyiv is skeptical
Adviser to the Presidential Palace of Ukraine Mihailo Podoljak He is skeptical of news of the Kremlin’s withdrawal from Kherson, the only provincial capital still under Russian control. “As long as the Ukrainian flag does not fly over Kherson, there can be no withdrawal of troops”he said in a statement to Reuters.
“Action speaks louder than wordsWe don’t see any indication that Russia will leave Kherson without a fight,” he tweeted. Podoljak said Kherson still has Russian troops and is sending more troops to the region Multiple armies.
“Ukraine liberates territory based on data from its intelligence services, not on TV statements,” he stressed, suggesting that the Russian withdrawal was nothing more than a trap.
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