Russia to withdraw from Kherson

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 09 Nov 2022 by Alex Teddy

On November 9 the Defense Minister said he was ordering his soldiers to leave the west bank of the River Dnipro. The Ukrainians have been advancing constantly but very slowly since August 2022. The Defense Minister made a TV broadcast to say it was impossible to supply troops on the west bank of the river. The statement might be a deception. The Russians might announce the withdrawal to tempt the Ukrainians to enter the city even if the city is in fact still heavily defended.  On November 6 the Ukrainians accused Russian soldiers of donning civilian clothing and living in civilian buildings with the aim of ambushing Ukrainian troops as they entered the city. It is hard to believe that Russia would announce such a big setback - withdrawing from Kherson - with such prominence.  Kherson City is the only regional capital that Russia has captured. Russia claims the Kherson Region as an integral part of Russia. Russia retains control of much of the region even if it loses Kherson City.

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