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Russia pulling out of Kherson, but why do Ukrainians not rush in?


Ukrainian officials and military analysts remain cautious after Russia announced withdrawal from the largest captured city.


Kyiv, Ukraine – Standing next to a map, Sergei Surovikin, Russia’s top general leading the war in Ukraine, appeared on state television on Wednesday evening to tell Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that Russian troops should withdraw from Kherson city.

“Our further plans and actions about the city of Kherson will depend on how the military-tactical situation unfolds,” Surovikin said. “Nowadays, it’s not easy.”

He said the retreat from the largest Ukrainian city Russia had seized since the war began in late February was a move to save the lives of Russian servicemen amid difficulties to keep supply lines open.

The camera then turned to Shoigu, who said he agreed with Surovikin’s conclusions and ordered the withdrawal of troops and their transfer across the Dnieper River.

A few hours later, at about 11pm (21:00 GMT), a local resident told Al Jazeera that Russian military vehicles were heard leaving Kherson, the administrative capital of the eponymous region in southern Ukraine that serves as a gateway to the annexed Crimea Peninsula across two remaining bridges.

(Al Jazeera)

One is the Antonivsky bridge that stretches almost 1,400 metres (4,593 feet) across the blue waters of the Dnieper, Ukraine’s largest river, which bisects the ex-Soviet nation into the largely Russian-speaking east, or left, bank, and the Ukrainian-speaking west, or right, bank.

The other is the bridge over the Nova Kakhovka dam, northeast of Kherson, that contains almost 20 cubic kilometres of Dnieper’s waters – and that redirects some of it to the arid, water-starved Crimean Peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014.

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