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Russian Defense Ministry announces withdrawal of troops from part of the Kherson region to the left bank of the Dnieper

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After being appointed commander of all Russian forces in Ukraine last month, General Sergey Slovikin said the situation in Russia’s Special Military Operations Area is tense as Ukrainian forces continue to attempt to attack Russian positions. said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Commander of All Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine Sergei Slovikhin, appointed General of the Russian Armed Forces, to withdraw troops from part of the Kherson region of Russia to the left bank of the Dnieper agreed with the proposal.

This decision was made when Slovikin reported to Shoigu in the course of a special military operation.

General Slovikin told the Minister of Defense that establishing defenses along the left bank of the Dnieper was the most rational option in the current situation. He warned that if the Kyiv regime went ahead with its plan to destroy the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power plant and dam, it could lead to dire consequences. , again stressed that one of the spillways was attacked on 26 September and the shutters were damaged.

“If the Kyiv regime releases more water from the reservoirs or launches a more powerful missile attack on the Kakhov-Ksaya dam, water flows will form, creating massive flood zones. [which] would result in heavy casualties among civilians. There is an additional threat to civilians and the complete isolation of groups of our troops on the right bank of the Dnieper. Under these circumstances, the most reasonable option would be to establish defenses along the Dnieper barrier line,” he said.

Defense Minister Shoigu agreed, emphasizing that the lives of Russian servicemen will always be the top priority.

The general said that the situation in the zone of special military operations was generally stable and that Russian forces were able to fend off Ukrainian attacks in the direction of Krasny Liman and Kupyansk.

Slovikin added that an attempt by Ukrainian forces to attack Kherson last night was also repulsed. The Ukrainian side has suffered significant losses since August in the direction of Kherson with 9.5 thousand casualties, he emphasized.

More than 115,000 people have already been displaced from the Kherson hostilities area, he said.

Kherson regional officials are considering the possibility of moving Russian troops to the left bank of the Dnieper, leaving the city of Kherson, the capital of the former Ukrainian region that joined Russia in a referendum in late September.

The city is exposed to potential Ukrainian attack because it is located on the western bank of the river, but the eastern side, also known as the left bank, is easier to defend because the river is a huge natural obstacle. is. The late deputy head of the Kherson Military and Civil Service Kirill Stremsov said in early November that Russian troops were “highly likely” to move to the left bank. He also repeatedly urged all those who have not yet left the area to do so as soon as possible.

“I am always with people. I understand that people should be the base. [of everything]I myself am Khersonian,” said Stremousov, who died in a car accident on November 9.

Last month, General Slovikin described the situation around Kherson as “tense” and warned the army could face “difficult decisions”.

In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces repeatedly attempted to attack Kherson, but were repulsed. On Tuesday, Ukrainian forces, along with foreign mercenaries, made another attempt to attack Russian positions in the Kherson area, but the attack was fended off and the Ukrainian side was forced to withdraw after suffering heavy losses.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Ukrainian forces were unable to gain the upper hand in the region, and Russian forces successfully thwarted attacks and attempts to acquire new territory. On November 3, there were reports that the Russian flag had been removed from the government building in Kherson. But officials said the government had been moved to another city.

In October, Russia told the UN that the Ukrainian military is targeting the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station in the Kherson region with hundreds of missiles being launched daily from mostly US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). did.

Russian envoy Vasily Nebenzia warned that the destruction of facilities could lead to the death of thousands of civilians and the loss of thousands of homes, but the West has warned that “any criminal act” committed by the Kyiv regime chose to ignore the

In the same month, acting governor of the Kherson region, Vladimir Sardo, said a “difficult but correct” decision had been taken to move civilians from many municipalities from the right bank of the Dnieper to the left bank to protect the population.

The interim governor explained that “the territory is in imminent danger of flooding due to the planned destruction of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric dam” by the Ukrainian army. He stressed that the measure would help protect civilians from Kyiv’s “prohibited methods of warfare” while also helping to better protect the region from Ukrainian aggression from the north. , detailed that Russian forces were setting up fortifications to repel attacks.

President Vladimir Putin said in early November that the transfer of civilians from Kherson was a top priority as Ukrainian forces continued to target the bridge over the Dnieper, the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power plant and its dam. . scale flood.

The Kherson region officially became part of Russia in early October, along with the liberated areas of the Zaporizhia region and the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.



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