After announcing the restoration of the city of Kherson, from which the Russians withdrew, Ukraine saw it was heading towards a “common victory” for the West, while London saw the withdrawal as a “new strategic loss. “for Moscow.
On Saturday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba stressed during his meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Cambodia, which few people believed Ukraine would survive, considering that victory was common to all the pace, in referring to the countries that supported his country with arms since the beginning of the conflict. .
In return, Blinken praised the “wonderful courage” of the Ukrainian army and people and promised that US support would continue for as long as it takes to defeat Russia, he said.
A new strategic loss … and the war continues
The Ukrainian minister’s words came just hours after his statement on the same occasion that Ukraine is winning battles, but the war continues.
He added during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, that the war continues and we see how long Russia will mobilize more recruits and bring more weapons. in Ukraine.
For his part, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace saw that the Russian withdrawal from Kherson constituted a “new strategic loss” for Moscow, noting that in February “Russia was paralyzed in control of key targets identified by non-Cherson”.
Kherson has a unique importance
On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had completed the withdrawal of its forces from Kherson and their retreat to the west bank of the Dnipro River, noting that it had not suffered any loss of life or equipment during the withdrawal.
Interestingly, this withdrawal has dealt a severe blow and has shown a serious setback for the Russian military, especially as it is the first major Ukrainian city to fall into its hands since the outbreak of the conflict on February 24.
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.
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