Putin’s Troops: A Record of Russia’s Failure in Kherson

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Russian troops withdraw from Kherson.

Anastasia Mamonova, Chiara Schlenz and Sven Ziegler

The order on Russian state television is brief — but it packs a punch: On Wednesday evening, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that President Vladimir Putin’s troops, 70, were withdrawing from Kherson. The strategically important city in southern Ukraine has become the focus of hostilities in recent weeks.

Russian troops therefore want to withdraw to the left bank of the Dnieper River. “The decision to defend the left bank of the Dnieper is not easy, but we will save the lives of our soldiers and the combat effectiveness of the troop group,” General Sergei Surovikin (56) told Russian state agencies. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 67, approved the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the right bank of the Dnieper River, the video shows.

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