President of Russia Vladimir Putin skipped the G-20 Summit, perhaps due to his military’s many recent withdrawals from Ukraine. But is he finished with the nation he attacked? The Russian Defense Ministry reported that all its troops were absent from the areas around the west bank of Kherson as of Friday, according to The New York Times. The Ukrainians celebrated the news, but realized this could either be a trap or a mined ghost town.
The port city on the Black Sea has been vital to the health of Ukraine and the many countries dependent upon its supplied crops. But if we look at the social media videos, there are still plenty of signs of Russia’s military. Would the Russians leave behind their “tanks, armored vehicles, and crates of ammunition?”
According to CNN, the Russians may have left behind troops in “civilian clothing:”
‘Ukrainian officials have also warned that some Russian troops may have remained behind in civilian clothing, saying that any Russian soldiers remaining on the west bank should surrender immediately to “avoid death.”‘
Thus far, the Russians have ceded approximately 40 percent of the area surrounding Kherson after Putin’s military withdrew “to the east bank of the Dnipro by the country’s defense ministry on Wednesday.”
The Ukrainians have taken back about “10,000 square kilometers”e of its land in the region. And after the Russian withdrawal, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commented:
‘Ours. Kherson is ours.’
Now though, President Biden and his top advisers want Ukraine to “consider peace talks with Russia.” Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff commented on Wednesday at the Economic Club of New York, NPR reported:
‘There has to be a mutual recognition that military victory is probably, in the true sense of the word, not achievable through military means, and therefore you need to turn to other means.’
The Ukrainian military also recovered the village Tyahinka. But the Russians blew up the bridges as they retreated. For an overall Ukraine-Russia war update, according to CNN:
- ‘Russian forces have withdrawn from Ukraine’s Kherson region west of the Dnipro River, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday, in one of the biggest setbacks for Moscow since the start of the war.
- Ukrainian troops have entered Kherson city, the regional capital, and residents have flooded the central square, waving Ukrainian flags, according to social media images geolocated by CNN. The main bridge across the Dnipro River has also been destroyed.
- Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has insisted that the Kherson region — one of four Ukrainian regions that Moscow claims to have annexed — remains part of Russia, denying that the retreat is “humiliating” for President Vladimir Putin.
- Ukraine has made significant gains but President Volodymyr Zelensky cautioned that forces will advance carefully, amid warnings that Russian troops have mined the city and will continue to strike against it from the river’s east bank.’
President Zelenskyy has said that he will take all of the Russian-occupied lands now that he has the Russians in retreat.
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.
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