Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the paramilitary group Wagner, welcomed the decision to withdraw Russian troops from Kherson, commanded by the new head of forces sent to Ukraine, General Sergei Surovikin. “Putin’s cook”, as Prigozhin is nicknamed, says the decision is not honorable, but was taken to save the lives of thousands of soldiers.
“Neither I nor Wagner’s troops in Kherson surrendered. Of course, this is not a victorious stage in this war, but it is important not to fight, not to get into paranoia, but to draw conclusions and correct our mistakes. And then let’s understand who is right, who is wrong and what is the essence of the problem. Surovikin must withdraw his troops and save a thousand soldiers who are surrounded in enemy territory, completely cut off from supply lines. Who and why ordered that position filled is another matter.
The decision made by Surovikin is not easy, but he acted like a man who is not afraid of responsibility. He acted in an organized manner, without fear, taking full responsibility on himself. I would like to emphasize that the troop withdrawal operation is still extremely difficult. Turning his back to the enemy, it is impossible to leave the position. The retreat of troops with minimal losses is the greatest achievement of Surovikin, it is not honorable for the Russian forces, but it emphasizes the personal qualities of the commander.
When Surovikin was appointed to this post, he fully understood what would happen in October-November and knew very well what steps would be taken in the future,” Evgeni Prigojin told RIA, according to his social media news channel. VKontakte.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered Russian troops to withdraw from the west bank of the Dnieper to the city of Kherson. The announcement marked one of Russia’s most significant retreats and a potential turning point in the war.
In televised comments, General Sergei Surovikin, the general commander of the war in Ukraine, said that it was no longer possible to supply the city of Kherson. He proposes to reinforce the defensive line of the Russians on the east bank of the river.
“Start the withdrawal of soldiers!” Shoigu said following General Surovikin’s report, who admitted that it was “not at all” an easy decision.
Publisher: Bogdan Pacurar