Despite the withdrawal of Russian forces from it, the Kremlin confirmed that there will be no change in the situation Kherson city, southern Ukrainein reference to its remaining among the four regions that Russia annexed to its lands in late September.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a press briefing on Friday that the withdrawal of his country’s forces from the strategic city would not change anything.
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He also stressed that the status of the region is “defined and fixed without any changes.”
He refused to comment on the experts’ statements about the situation in Kherson, saying only that “the military operation is continuing.”
As for the grain agreement in the Black Sea, Peskov said that work is underway to address a number of Russian concerns about this initiative, which is scheduled to expire on November 19, after Moscow threatened more than once to stop it, considering that the crops and grains that Out of Ukrainian ports do not flow to needy countries.
Ukrainian soldiers near Kherson (Reuters)
He also stressed that this agreement, which was concluded months ago at the UN and Turkish initiative, was a “mutual understanding” in the sense that it also stipulated that Western countries must remove “obstacles” to Russian exports of fertilizers and grains.
It is noteworthy that Peskov’s statements about the Russian withdrawal from Kherson, come after the Ukrainian army confirmed that it had retaken about 40 towns in the region, in a major setback for the Russian army, especially as it is the first major Ukrainian city to have fallen into its hands since the outbreak of the conflict on February 24.
It also forms, along with Donetsk, Lugansk, and Zaporizhia, the four regions that the Kremlin announced in late September (2022) its annexation.
Also, its geographical location is of particular importance, as the region is located on the borders of the Dnepropetrovsk and Nikolaev regions, and it has a land border with Crimea in the south, while overlooking the Black Sea in the southwest, and in the southeast by the Sea of Azov.