Russia has ordered its forces to leave the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine – another setback in the fight against the Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukraine says it is moving “carefully” after the Russian announcement, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.Published: November 9, 2022, 10:54 p.mZelensky says that Russia does not voluntarily give any gifts or accept kindnesses.”Therefore we move very carefully, without emotions, without unnecessary risks, with the aim of liberating our entire country and for the losses to be as small as possible.”It was on Wednesday that Russia announced it is leaving the largest Ukrainian city it captured since the full-scale war of aggression began on February 24 this year. The Russian retreat comes after Russia has spent weeks evacuating civilians from Kherson in what Ukraine calls deportations. said Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a televised meeting with Russian commander Sergei Surovikin.General Surovikin noted at the same time that it was “a difficult decision” to make. He announces that retreat has been ordered in a southeasterly direction across the Dnieper River. “Under the circumstances, the most sensible option is to organize the defense along a barrier line along the Dnieper River,” he said. “In Ukraine, however, there are no expressions for a Russian retreat,” states President Volodymyr Zelensky’s advisor Mykhailo Podoljak. He says that Russian soldiers are still in the city. “We see no signs that Russia will leave Kherson without a fight,” Podoljak writes on Twitter, suggesting that the Russian announcement could be a trick, while calling Shoigu’s order “staged television – statement”.Even civilians in Ukraine ask skeptical of what Russia is planning. People AFP spoke to in Kyiv used terms such as “traps” and “Russia should not be trusted.” Ukrainian military expert Oleh Zhdanov told AP that Russia’s retreat “could very well be an ambush and a Russian trap.” He believes that Russia’s intention may be to force the Ukrainians to go on the offensive and then attack with full force from the flanks. Putin’s friends, on the other hand, have been quick to justify the decision to leave Kherson. One of them is hardline Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who says the decision was “difficult but fair”. The retreat will put pressure on Russian control of the rest of the Kherson region, which forms a land bridge from Russia to the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula. Kherson was a four Ukrainian regions – along with Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhzhya – which Russia declared annexed in September. The announcement came shortly after Ukraine succeeded in liberating Kharkiv. In the Kherson region is located power plant dam Kakhovka. Ukraine has previously accused Russia of mining it, and Russia has accused Ukraine of attacking the dam, and that more attacks are planned. If it were to blow up, it would flood large areas downstream, including the city of Kherson. The announcement of Russia’s retreat from the city of Kherson comes shortly after Russian state media reported that Kherson’s deputy governor Kirill Stremousov had died in a car accident. Stremousov, who was 45 , was appointed by Russia to his post two months after the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine began. He was wanted by the Ukrainian police for treason.
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