Russian troops appear to be ready to pull out of the Ukrainian city of Kherson entirely, Western officials say, as an “orderly, well-planned and deliberate” withdrawal takes place.
There is uncertainty about Moscow’s exact plans. Even if the Russian soldiers have “the intention and the ability to withdraw”, they may decide not to implement the withdrawal, one of the officials told reporters on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.
Meanwhile, a Russian-backed official in Kherson said Moscow could pull troops from the west bank of the Dnieper River to the east bank — something Ukrainian officials have warned could trigger a Russian troop withdrawal.
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Why Putin is fighting for Kherson: Fresh water and a land bridge to Crimea. Here in the muddy Kherson coastal area, troops are preparing for the biggest battle of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine and perhaps the single best test of whether Moscow has gained or forced any significant territory from its invasion. retreating empty-handed.
Ukrainian officials have indicated that an attack on the city of Kherson is possible. But Russia has shown no sign that it is willing to surrender the city or the vast Kherson region, which is of great strategic and political importance to the Kremlin, writes the Post’s Michael Miller.