Russian troops are poised for a complete withdrawal from the Ukrainian city of Kherson, reaching a readiness stage equivalent to an “orderly, well-planned and prudent” withdrawal, Western officials say. said.
Uncertainties remain about the exact plans for Moscow. The Russian military had “both the intention and the ability to withdraw” but may decide not to carry it out, officials told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. one of them said.
Meanwhile, a Russian-based official in Kherson said it was “highly likely” that Russian forces would withdraw troops from the west bank of the Dnieper to the east.
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Why Putin Fights for Kherson: Fresh Water and Land Bridges to Crimea. Here in Kherson’s muddy coast, soldiers prepare for what could be the biggest battle of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. This is perhaps the single best test to see if Moscow gains significant territory through aggression or is forced to do so. Withdrew empty-handed.
Ukrainian officials have suggested that an attack on the city of Kherson may be imminent. But Russia has shown no willingness to abandon the city of great strategic and political importance to the Kremlin, or the wider Kherson region, writes Michael Miller of The Washington Post.