These organizations will be established on the western bank of the Dnieper River, after the withdrawal of Russian troops
Volodimir Zelensky, President of Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky announced on Wednesday the formation of four military administrations in Kherson to coincide with the withdrawal of Russian troops from the region announced by the Invading army.
The head of state signed a decree establishing four new administrations: in the village of Dolmatovskaya, located in the city of Skadovsk; at Hello Pristan, at Kajovka; and also in Krestovsk, according to the UNIAN news agency.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the Kherson administration, have received instructions from the Ukrainian president to establish these organizations on the western bank of the Dnieper River, where the Russian Army has withdrawn.
Tensions have escalated in the region to such an extent that Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of preparing an attack on the dam of a hydroelectric power plant in the town of New Kakhovka< /b>, a key infrastructure in the Kherson region.
Zelensky has long accused the Russian forces that control the dam of laying mines on the facility with the intention of causing a catastrophic flood in the communities of the Dnieper River to stop the advance of the kyiv forces.
After the humiliating withdrawal of its troops from Kherson, Russia was in favor of resuming negotiations with Ukraine.< /p>
Ukraine reacted skeptically to the Kherson withdrawal announcement of Russian troops (REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)
“We remain open to negotiations. We have never rejected them, we are ready to carry them out, of course, taking into account the realities that are brewing at the moment,” said the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova.
This Wednesday the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, instructed the commander Sergei Surovikin of the Russian forces in Ukraine to “start with the withdrawal of troops and take all measures to ensure the safe transfer of personnel, weapons and equipment across the Dnieper River.”
Authorities established by Russia in the occupied Ukrainian province of Kherson announced on Monday the end of the “organized evacuation” in the “eastern bank” of the region and said that the rest of the people who want to leave the area will have to do so on their own. means.
The withdrawal from Kherson – which is in a region of the same name that Moscow illegally annexed – marks another major setback for Russia. The city, with a prewar population of 280,000, is the only regional capital captured by Russian forces since the February 24 invasion began.
Surovikin, who took over At the beginning of October, the command of all Russian troops in Ukraine admitted that the withdrawal was not “an easy decision”, although it said that the priority for Moscow is to protect the lives of civilians and soldiers.
The news comes after weeks of Ukrainian advances on the city and a rush by Russia to relocate more than 100,000 of its residents.
Putin has so far remained silent about that decision, but some of his close collaborators did, such as the founder of the Wagner paramilitary group, Evgeni Prigojin, for whom General Surovikin had to choose “between making an absurd sacrifice or saving his life of the soldiers.”
And his decision “was difficult, but fair” , he considered.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)