The war will continue even after the restoration of Kherson

While his country is still celebrating what it described as the “victory” it achieved over the Russian forces that withdrew from the country Kherson city, southern Ukraine Yesterday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba declared that “the war continues.”

He said during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Cambodia, today, Saturday, “I understand that everyone wants the battles to end as quickly as possible… And certainly we are the ones who want it more than any other party, but The war will continue.”

Do not search for peace

He also stressed that there are no indications of Russia’s desire to search for peace, considering that Russian officials should deal with all negotiations in good faith.

As for the possibility of his meeting with the Russian side during the summit, he explained that his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, did not request a meeting with him

In addition, Kuleba urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take all possible measures to ensure that Moscow does not resort to starvation tactics regarding Ukrainian grain shipments to the world market.

On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had completed the withdrawal of its forces from Kherson and their retreat to the western bank of the Dnipro River, stressing that it had not incurred any loss of life or equipment during the withdrawal.

‘Big setback’

It is noteworthy that this withdrawal dealt a painful blow, and showed a major setback for the Russian army, especially as it is the first major Ukrainian city to fall 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 Dnipro-Petrovsk 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 ‚Äč‚ÄčAzov.

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