Russia Announces Withdrawal of Forces from Kherson


On Wednesday, Russia announced the withdrawal of its forces from Kherson. This withdrawal constitutes a new stinging setback for the Kremlin. Kherson constituted the main Russian stronghold in the area, after the conquest of the city in the first days of the offensive. The withdrawal maneuvers of the Russian soldiers stationed in Kherson should begin “very quickly”, assured General Sergei Surovikin.  Despite the mid-term elections, the support of the United States for Ukraine seems to remain strong, just like that of the European Union, which is preparing to vote on a new financial aid package.

Russia announced Wednesday it’s intentions to withdraw its forces from Kherson, a regional capital in southern Ukraine. This decline comes as 115,000 inhabitants of the region have been displaced in recent weeks.  “Proceed with the withdrawal of troops,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a meeting with the commander of Russian operations in Ukraine.  For his part, General Sergei Surovikin spoke of a “not at all easy” decision he was forced to make, justified by his desire to protect the lives of Russian soldiers.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday evening said that his country was reacting with “extreme caution” to the announcement of the Russian withdrawal. “The enemy does not give us a gift, does not show a ‘goodwill gesture’, we must win everything”, declared the Ukrainian president in his daily message to the Ukrainians. And to add: “So we must proceed with extreme caution, without emotions, without taking unnecessary risks, in order to liberate all of our territory with as minimal losses as possible”.

We see no sign that Russia is leaving Kherson without a fight.  A part of the Russian troop presence is maintained in the city”, declared an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mykhaïlo Podoliak. “They simply seek to get out of a difficult situation”, for his part declared to AFP Natalia  Gumeniuk, spokesman for the Southern Command of the Ukrainian army: “This is proof that they have real problems, Russia and the Russian army”, stated the American president Joe Biden during a press conference.

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