Coinciding with Moscow’s announcement that its forces have begun to withdraw from Kherson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that he is watching how this withdrawal will take place.
He believed that this withdrawal, if confirmed, would constitute “a new victory for Ukraine”.
under great pressure
He also added, after the talks with the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Rome, today Thursday, “We must monitor the evolution of the situation on the ground in the coming days”.
However, he saw that Russia is under great pressure, as evidenced by its decisions in southern Ukraine, the AFP reported.
He concluded by stressing that “the unprecedented support provided by NATO members, including Italy, makes a difference every day on the battlefield and remains vital for Ukraine’s progress”.
These statements came after the Ukrainian army announced today that its forces had recaptured 12 cities in the Kherson region, without being sure that Russian forces had completely withdrawn from the city.
Interestingly, Moscow’s loss of Kherson, which is the first major Ukrainian city to fall into its hands since the conflict broke out on February 24, will be a major blow to it and to the prestige of its army.
Especially since the city is one of the four regions whose annexation the Kremlin announced at the end of September (2022).
Its geographical position is also of particular importance, as the region lies on the borders of the Dnepropetrovsk and Nikolaev regions and has a land border with Crimea to the south, while it faces the Black Sea to the southwest and southeast from the Sea of Azov.
Interestingly, the Russian-Ukrainian conflict entered its ninth month, amid the continuation of the Ukrainian counteroffensive launched last month in the south and east, to drive the Russians out of the cities they had conquered.
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