The Ukrainian army does not confirm the withdrawal of the Russian army from Kherson

The Ukrainian army cannot confirm the withdrawal of Russia from the city of Kherson, announced by the Russian army on Thursday, said the deputy of the department of operations of the Ukrainian forces, Oleksiy Gromov.

“At the moment, we can neither deny nor confirm the information about the so-called withdrawal of Russian troops from Kherson,” Oleksii Gromov told Ukrainian news agency Interfax-Ukraine, according to News.ro, quoting the BBC.

“We are continuing offensive operations according to plan,” he said.

Russia did not ask for a “green corridor” to withdraw, says Oleksii Gromov.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Wednesday that it had started the withdrawal of Russian troops from the city of Kherson and the northern Ukrainian region of the same name.

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“The maneuver to transfer Russian troops to established positions on the left bank of the Dnieper River is taking place in strict accordance with the approved plan,” Russian military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in the war bulletin. daily. .

The commander of Russian forces in Ukraine, General Sergey Surovikin, announced on Wednesday that the maneuver concerning the transfer of troops to the left bank of the Dnieper will be carried out “in a short period of time”.

“After evaluating the created situation, we propose to transfer the defense to the left bank of the Dnieper. I realize that this is not an easy decision,” Surovikin told Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

In a televised statement, General Serghei Surovikin said the city of Kherson, located on the west bank of the Dnieper, can no longer be supplied. He also claimed that for Russian troops in the area, there was the threat of a Ukrainian missile attack on the Nova Kahovka dam, which would flood much of Kherson. “There is a new threat to the civilian population and the total isolation of our forces on the right bank of the Dnieper,” explained the general, who proposed that Russian troops take up defensive positions on the east bank of the river.

“I agree with your conclusions and your proposals. Begin the withdrawal of soldiers and take all measures to transfer the troops to the other side of the river!” Shoigu said following General Surovikin’s report.

However, in Ukraine news of the Russian withdrawal from Kherson was met with disbelief.

“The enemy does not give us gifts, he does not make ‘goodwill gestures'”, declared Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his usual nocturnal intervention. The Ukrainian head of state added that, for this reason, the Ukrainian forces must act “with great caution, without emotions and without unnecessary risks”.

On the other hand, Zelensky “once again” warned the Moscow authorities that “any attempt” to blow up the Nova Kahovka hydroelectric dam, flood the territory and leave the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant without water “would mean let (Russia) declare war against the whole world”.

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