Russia announces troop withdrawal from key city of Kherson | Ukraine latest

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered his troops to withdraw from the southern city of Kherson on Wednesday, marking a significant retreat for Russia. The city of Kherson is situated to the north of the Dnipro River on the left bank. Defense Minister Shoigu and General Sergey Surovikin said that troops should regroup on the other side of the river, as Ukrainian forces advance. A senior advisor in Ukraine’s presidency told Reuters news agency that it was still too soon to talk about a Russian withdrawal from the city of Kherson.

“Until the Ukrainian flag is flying over Kherson, it makes no sense to talk about a Russian withdrawal,” Mykhailo Podolyak said in a statement to Reuters. Podolyak said that Russian forces remained in Kherson, so appeared to be adopting a cautious stance.

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