Russia vs Ukraine: In a major setback for the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top military officials announced to withdraw its military from the Ukrainian city of Kherson, the only regional capital it captured since the invasion began in February.
State media reported on Wednesday that Russian Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu, had ordered his troops to withdraw from the west bank of the Dnieper River and set up defences on the eastern flank.
The announcement marked one of Russia’s most significant retreats and a potential turning point in the war, now nearing the end of its ninth month.
According to a BBC report, the withdrawal means Russian forces will pull out entirely from the western bank of the River Dnipro.
In televised comments, General Sergei Surovikin, in overall command of the war, said it was no longer possible to supply Kherson city.
He said he proposed to take up defensive lines on the eastern bank of the river admitting it was “not a very simple decision.”
“We will save the lives of our soldiers and fighting capacity of our units,” he added.
“Keeping them on the right (western) bank is futile.”
“Some of them can be used on other fronts.”
Russia’s defence minister responded by saying: “I agree with your conclusions and proposals.
“Proceed with the withdrawal of troops and take all measures to transfer forces across the river.”