Russian troops withdraw from the front in southern Ukraine

Russia’s forces are withdrawing from frontlines in southern Ukraine after losing significant territory in recent days, a Moscow-appointed official has said.

Kirill Stremousov, who was appointed acting Russian governor of the Kherson region by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, said Russian troops in the region were “regrouping to rally their forces and strike back,” state-run Ria Novosti news service reported on Wednesday .

The comments mark the first time Russia has admitted withdrawing to the Kherson region less than a week after Putin annexed it along with three other Ukrainian provinces on Friday.

Russia does not fully control any of the four territories and has lost ground in all of them since the annexation. It is not yet known how much of Kherson and the neighboring regions of Zaporizhia it will annex.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Tuesday that “the Ukrainian army is making fairly rapid and powerful movements in the south of our country,” particularly in Kherson, where Russian forces have retreated at least 30 km behind the previous front line.

https://www.ft.com/content/4a154db7-a832-4bf7-80b4-09d4ff1954fa Russian troops withdraw from the front in southern Ukraine

Adam Bradshaw

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