Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson does not mean its surrender

The Russian military operation in Ukraine continues today, Monday, as units of the Russian army are striking the positions of the Ukrainian forces, while Kyiv continues to advance to regain its territory, as well as in Mobilizing Western support against Russian forces.

In the latest developments, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace warned against exaggerating the feeling of joy, noting that despite the Russia’s withdrawal from KhersonMoscow is far from giving up.

“Ukraine has a motive, the war is now developing in its favour,” Wallace told Times radio. “However, it would be foolish to consider Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson the end of the war. Russia should not be taken lightly.” “Russia is far from giving up, but Moscow is concerned about small losses,” the minister said.

Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu instructed the withdrawal of Russian forces to the left bank of the Dnieper River, to organize its defenses, in anticipation of the possibility of Kyiv flooding the Kherson regions by targeting the Kakhovka Dam.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, on Sunday evening, that the fighting in the eastern Donetsk region is still raging as it was in recent days, with the intensity of Russian attacks not abating. “The battles in the Donetsk region are as intense as in the previous days,” Zelensky added, in his evening speech via video.

He added that the Russian forces, which were occupying part of the Kherson region, had finally been retaken by the Ukrainian army. It committed the “same atrocities” it had committed in other occupied territories of Ukraine.

In an intervention, Zelensky said: “The bodies of the dead were found, the bodies of civilians and soldiers. In the Kherson region, the Russian army left behind the same atrocities (which it committed) in other regions of our country where it managed to enter,” vowing to “find every killer and bring him to justice.” “.

He also referred to the counting of 400 Russian “war crimes”, without clarifying whether they were related only to the Kherson region, according to AFP.

Many residents complain that the Russian forces, which ended the evacuation of the city on Friday, after 8 months of presence there, have wreaked havoc throughout.

On Sunday, the city witnessed an atmosphere of joy, as Ukrainian flags were raised and its residents embraced with Kyiv soldiers, while cars sounded their horns to express joy, according to AFP journalists.

Destroyed military vehicles and defaced buildings were also seen, while the smell of burning wood spread in this strategic port on the Black Sea, where the war was still raging for a few days.

As queues stretched outside food and emergency aid distribution centers, a large number of adults and children roamed the streets of Kherson, wrapped in blue and yellow Ukrainian flags.

Some gathered in the city’s main square to communicate with their relatives through the Starlink satellite internet service owned by Tesla and Twitter chief Elon Musk.

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