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Russia surrenders Kherson Russian Defence Minister

Wednesday, 9 November 2022, 16:09
Russia surrenders Kherson  Russian Defence Minister

Sergei Surovikin, the new commander of the Russian occupation forces in Ukraine, has announced that the Russian Federation is transferring its troops to the left bank of the Dnipro River, which means that the Russians are leaving Kherson.

Source: Kremlin-aligned news outlet RIA Novosti

Quote: "It is appropriate to organise defence along the barrier border of the Dnipro River, on its left bank...

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The decision to defend the left bank of the Dnipro is not an easy one. At the same time, we will save the lives of our military and the combat capability of the troops...

The manoeuvre of the troops will be carried out as soon as possible. The troops will occupy the prepared defensive positions on the left bank of the Dnipro."

Details: It is reported that Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was in favour of the proposal to organise defence along the Dnipro River: "Proceed with the withdrawal of troops."

Surovikin also claimed that Ukraine had lost 9,500 soldiers in the battles for Kherson Oblast, whilst Russia’s losses were apparently 7-8 times less.

Previously: The occupiers destroyed several bridges on the right bank of the Dnipro as they fled from the Ukrainian forces.

Background:

  • Sergei Surovikin, the new commander of the Russian army in Ukraine, said in mid-October that he did not rule out making "difficult decisions" regarding the future arrival of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in occupied Kherson.
  • Kirill Stremousov, the Russian-appointed deputy head of Kherson Oblast, had said that Russian troops were likely to retreat to the left bank of the River Dnipro. On 9 November, Russian occupiers reported that Stremousov had died in a car accident.
  • Russian puppet Stremousov had said in October that Ukrainian troops were preparing an offensive on the city. The occupiers later announced the relocation of the so-called "administration" to the left bank of the Dnipro.

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