After its forces withdrew from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, Russia appears to be on the defensive. Today, Tuesday, a Western official confirmed that the Russians are on the defensive, not offensive.
He also added that “he does not expect a complete collapse of any of the Russian or Ukrainian forces in any time, “according to Reuters.
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The official, who asked not to be identified, said he expected the situation on the battlefield to continue into the next year.
As for the Russian withdrawal from Kherson, he saw that it was relatively organized, indicating the evacuation of some 20,000 troops from the region, not 30,000, as previously reported by the Russian Defense Ministry.
Interestingly, this withdrawal from Kherson has been a major setback for the Russian military, especially as it is the first major Ukrainian city to have fallen into its hands since the outbreak of the conflict on 24 February.
It also forms, together with Donetsk, Lugansk and Zaporizhia, the four regions whose annexation the Kremlin announced at the end of September (2022).
In addition, its geographical location is of particular importance, as the region lies on the borders of the Dnipro-Petrovsk and Nikolaev regions and has a land border with Crimea to the south, while facing the Black Sea to the southwest and in southeast from the Sea of Azov.
This prompted the West to regard this withdrawal as a victory for Kiev.
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