At a meeting in the Ministry of Defense of Russia, a decision was made to withdraw Russian troops from the Ukrainian city of Kherson. This was reported by the commander of the grouping of Russian troops, General Surovikin.
The general noted in his speech to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu that Ukrainian troops are shelling crossings across the Dnieper River and there is a threat of undermining the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, which will lead to powerful flooding and cut off the grouping of Russian troops on the right bank of the Dnieper.
The general also said that 115,000 civilians were evacuated from Kherson, which is approximately 1/3 of the city’s 280,000 population. The rest of the citizens wished to stay.
The Russian media will now name a lot of reasons why it was necessary to retreat, but we will call a spade a spade – the Russian Army is fleeing from Kherson and was defeated in this direction.
However, it cannot be said that this is a disorderly flight. Russia is carrying out a planned withdrawal of troops from Kherson, mining is being carried out and preparations are being made for street fighting.
Let us note that Surovikin shyly calls the abandonment of Kherson “to take up defensive positions on the left bank of the Dnieper River”. But if we look at the map, we will find that Kherson is located on the right bank of the Dnieper.