Putin's spokesman did not want to talk about the Russian withdrawal from Kherson: “Ask the Ministry of Defense”

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Dmitri Peskov said he had nothing to say about the humiliating departure of Kremlin troops from the Moscow-occupied Ukrainian region. Instead, it passed all the responsibility to the Army authorities

Dmitri Peskov said he had nothing to say about the humiliating departure of the troops of the Kremlin of the Ukrainian region occupied by Moscow

The Kremlin does not want to talk about Kherson. This Friday, a statement by his spokesman cut short the logical concern of a journalist who asked him about the withdrawal of the Russian troops from the north of the Ukrainian region annexed by Moscow last September.

“There was a decision by the Minister of Defense, I recommend asking the Ministry of Defense”, said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, < b>Dmitri Peskov, to a journalist's question.

Interestingly, commenting on the current status of the Kherson region, Peskov assured that nothing has changed despite the withdrawal of the military to the left bank of the Dnieper River.

“It is an entity of the Russian Federation, that status is defined and fixed in the legislation, there can be no change here”, he asserted.

Asked if the Kremlin does not regretting the pomp with which the annexation of Kherson was celebrated, Peskov answered tersely: “No.”

He reiterated that “the special military operation” in Ukraine is ongoing and will continue until its objectives are achieved.

Putin's spokesman did not want to talk about the Russian withdrawal from Kherson: “Ask the Ministry of Defense”

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a building damaged during a Russian missile attack on the village of Novooleksandrivka in the Kherson region

Russia continues to view the entire Ukrainian region of Kherson, including its namesake capital , belong to him, despite the withdrawal of the Russian army from that territory, which Moscow annexed in September.

The Kherson region “is a subject of the Russian Federation”, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said. “There can be no change,” he added in the first comment of the Russian Presidency on the withdrawal of its forces from that territory announced on Wednesday, in the face of the Ukrainian advance.

The Kremlin affirmed this Friday that it does not consider the decision to withdraw troops in Kherson humiliating and has insisted that “it is Russian”, ruling out any change in its status since Moscow's decision to annex it together with Donetsk , Lugansk and Zaporizhzhia, also partially occupied.

The spokesman for the Russian Presidency, has responded with a terse “no” to a question about whether the situation is “a humiliation” for Russia, before declining to comment on the decision of the Ministry of Defense about the situation in Kherson, as reported by the Russian news agency Interfax.

I have nothing to add and nothing to say on this matter”, has said, although he has stressed that the region “is part of the Russian Federation”. “Their status is legally defined and fixed. There are no changes and there can't be any,” he said of the internationally condemned September annexation decision.

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said Thursday that the announcement of Russia on a withdrawal could be a strategic decision to regroup its forces. “They are prepared to defend this region and they are not prepared to leave the city,” he said in an interview with the US television network CNN.

Little Earlier, the Ukrainian Armed Forces had announced the takeover of twelve towns around the city of Kherson following the Russian announcement, before stressing that kyiv “cannot confirm or deny the information about the withdrawal of Russian occupation troops from Kherson”.

(With information from EFE, Europa Press and AFP)

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