Fights intensify in Donetsk and London: Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson does not mean its surrender

The Russian military operation in Ukraine continues today, Monday, as Russian army units strike the positions of Ukrainian forces, as Kiev continues to advance to regain its territory, as well as mobilizing Western support against Russian forces.

In the latest developments, the British Defense Minister Ben Wallace has put in guard against exaggerating the feeling of joy, noting that despite Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson, Moscow is still far from giving up.

“Ukraine has a reason, the war is now developing in its favor,” Wallace told the Radio Times. “However, it would be foolish to consider Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson the end of the war. Russia should not be taken lightly.” “Russia is far from giving up, but Moscow is worried about small losses,” the minister said.

Previously, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu instructed the withdrawal of Russian forces on the left bank of the Dnieper River, to organize its defenses, in prediction of the possibility of Kiev flooding the Kherson regions targeting the Kakhovka dam.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday evening that the fighting in the eastern Donetsk region is still as raging as in recent days, with the intensity of the Russian attacks not diminishing. “The battles in the Donetsk region are as intense as in the previous days,” added Zelensky, in his evening speech. in video.

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He added that the Russian forces, which were occupying part of the Kherson region, which the Ukrainian army had recently recaptured, had committed “the same atrocities” they had committed. in other Ukrainian regions they had occupied.

In a speech, Zelensky said: “The bodies of the dead, the bodies of civilians and soldiers were found. In the Kherson region, the Russian army left the same atrocities (which it committed). in other regions of our country where he managed to enter “, vowing to” find every murderer and bring him in court”.”.

He also referred to the tally of 400 Russian “war crimes”, without clarifying whether they were related only to the Kherson region, according to the AFP.

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Many residents complain that Russian forces, which ended the evacuation of the city on Friday, after 8 months of being there, devastated everything.

On Sunday, the city witnessed an atmosphere of joy as Ukrainian flags were raised and its residents hugged Kiev soldiers as the auto horns sounded in an expression of joy, AFP reporters reported.

Destroyed military vehicles and defaced buildings were also seen as the smell of burnt wood wafted in this strategic port on the Black Sea, where the war was still raging for a few days.

As lines stretched out of food and emergency aid distribution centers, large numbers of adults and children wandered the streets of Kherson, wrapped in the blue and yellow flags of Ukraine.

Some gathered in the main square of the city, to communicate with their relatives through the Internet service Starlink, owned by Elon Musk, the head of Tesla and Twitter.

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