For the US, Russia's withdrawal from Kherson shows that Putin's troops have “real problems” in Ukraine

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The president of the United States said that, after the midterm elections, he hopes that Democrats and Republicans will maintain the “bipartisan approach” to face the Russian invasion

For the US, Russia's withdrawal from Kherson shows that Putin's troops have “real problems” in Ukraine

Joe Biden, President (REUTERS/Tom Brenner)

Joe Bidensaid Wednesday that the withdrawal of Russian troops from the strategic Ukrainian city of Kherson shows that Moscow has “real problems” in the war.

“This shows that they have problems real, Russia and the Russian army”, the president of the United States told reporters in Washington.

Biden spoke after midterm elections in which his Democratic Party looked set to narrowly lose control of the House of Representatives to Republicans, some of whom have promised to review US military and humanitarian aid. to Ukraine.

“On the foreign policy front, I hope we will continue this bipartisan approach to dealing with Russia's aggression in Ukraine”, added the head of state.

Although the withdrawal of Russian troops is a great victory for Ukraine and a serious setback for Putin's plans, kyiv reacted skeptically to Moscow's announcement.

“Actions speak louder than words. We see no signs that Russia is going to leave Kherson without a fight,” wroteMikhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, on his Twitter account. p>

“Until the Ukrainian flag flies over Kherson, there is no point in talking about a Russian withdrawal,” he added in statements to the Reuters agency.

For the US, Russia's withdrawal from Kherson shows that Putin's troops have “real problems” in Ukraine

Ukrainian troops maintain skepticism despite Russia's withdrawal announcement (REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)

The senior official said that there are still Russian troops in the southern Ukrainian city – the only regional capital taken by Russia since the beginning of the invasion – and that additional reserves are being redirected to the region.

For his part, the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, stated that it is “encouraging” to see how the Ukrainian army is capable of “liberating more territory”.

< p class="paragraph">After meeting in London with the British Prime Minister, Rishi SunakAt the same time, Stoltenberg called for caution: “We have seen the announcement but, of course, we are going to wait to see what happens on the ground,” he told the media in front of 10 Downing Street, the official office of the head of Government of the United Kingdom.

“The victories, the advances of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are due to the brave Ukrainian soldiers, but, of course, the support they receive from the United Kingdom and NATO allies are also essential”, stressed the secretary general of the Atlantic Alliance.

The Russian withdrawal from the northern third of the southern region was an open secret, since there had been talk for days that the Russian flag was no longer flying on the administrative buildings of its capital and weeks since the pro-Russian authorities had proceeded to evacuate of the civilian population on the left bank of the Dnieper.

In principle, the Russian troops would abandon some 3,800 square kilometers, which would have to be added to the almost 3,000 square kilometers that the Ukrainians already control in Kherson, 10% of the area of ​​the entire province.

“Proceed with the withdrawal of forces and take all necessary measures to ensure the safe transfer of troops, of the weapons and equipment on the other side of the Dnieper River”, ordered the Russian Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, to Sergei Surovikin, head of the group of Russian forces fighting in Ukraine.

(With information from AFP and EF E)

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