Vladimir Putin will not travel to the G20 summit in Jakarta next week, the Russian Embassy announced, leaving Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to lead the delegation.
Russians have more than 100,000 soldiers killed and wounded in Ukraine
On the other hand, US President Joe Biden said that Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Ukrainian city of Kherson shows that Putin’s army has real problems, and the US general felt that the Russians had more than 100,000 soldiers killed and wounded in Ukraine. And the armed forces of kyiv would have suffered heavy losses.
Why did the Russians abandon Kherson
The Kremlin ordered the army to withdraw from Kherson, the only regional capital captured by the Russians since the start of the invasion. This means that, in their entirety, the Russian forces retreated to the west bank of the Dnieper.
Putin distanced himself from the announcement of the withdrawal decision, as the Russian press also testifies.
Steve Rosenberg, BBC Moscow correspondent: „Defense Minister Shoigu, Russian General Surovikin… Shoigu, Surovikin… Surovikin again. But where is the Supreme Commander, Vladimir Putin? Yes, here he is, talking about “reducing the threat of poverty for families in Russia‘”.
The Ukrainian president has suggested that the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kherson could be a maneuver to draw Ukrainian forces into a battle for the strategically important city.
Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine: „We have to hold back our emotions, always, during war. I will not provide the enemy with all the details of our military operations. The enemy does not give us gifts. We are moving very carefully, without taking unnecessary risks, in order to free all our territory and have as few losses as possible.”.
What Ukrainians think of the Russian withdrawal from Kherson
The Ukrainians still see no sign of Russia withdrawing from Kherson without a fight, even though they have liberated several towns in recent days without resistance. One of President Zelenskiy’s advisers said the Ukrainian military continues to rely on military intelligence, not TV statements.
Sasha Kots, Russian war correspondent: „I don’t know what will happen in the next few hours. It’s just that many people advised me to leave Kherson and go to the left bank as soon as possible. What happens”?
A former Putin adviser, Sergei Markov, believes the withdrawal from Kherson is Russia’s biggest geopolitical loss since the fall of the Soviet Union. On the other hand, the Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin and the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadîrov welcomed the initiative, on the grounds that it protects the lives of Russian soldiers fighting in the region. However, for Russia, this is a huge step backwards.
Sky News correspondent Alex Rossi: „The war here in the south must be fought in the open field. It is absolutely deadly to be hit by enemy artillery. This team has just received coordinates from the drone reconnaissance unit and is now firing missiles at Russian positions”.
The war here in the south must be fought in the open field. It is absolutely deadly to be hit by enemy artillery. This team has just received coordinates from the drone reconnaissance unit and is now firing missiles at Russian positions. Meanwhile, new diplomatic calls arrive from Moscow.
Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry: „We are always open to negotiations (with Ukraine). I never rejected them. Of course, we are ready to participate given the current circumstances.”.
The Ukrainians, however, do not want to hear about negotiations with Russia, at least until they liberate their territories occupied by the Russian army.
Anton Kotsukon, 1+1 TV correspondent: „This was left by the Muscovite hordes. All villages close to the front line. Everywhere you look there’s ruins, only ruins”.
Ukrainian Army: „A 120 caliber shell landed there, right behind you in the trenches. A few days ago”.
Military: „We should move quickly here”.
Tags: Russia, negotiations, war in Ukraine, Kherson,
Release date: 10-11-2022 08:14