White House: Ukraine scored an extraordinary victory in Kherson

After Russia announced the withdrawal of its forces from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, the White House welcomed the Ukrainians’ “great victory” on Saturday. in this city, of which Moscow announced its capture last September.

“The Ukrainians have achieved an extraordinary victory. The only regional capital captured by Russia in this war is back under the Ukrainian flag, “US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on his way to the ASEAN summit. in Cambodia.

“This is absolutely amazing,” he added.

On Friday, the Russian army announced the withdrawal of more than 30,000 Russian soldiers from the Kherson region, leaving the right bank of the Dnipro River to deploy on its left bank.

On the other hand, the Ukrainian army began to enter Kherson after the withdrawal of Russian forces, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. “Kherson is back under Ukrainian control. Units of Ukrainian forces enter in city, “wrote the ministry on Facebook.

No change in the state of the city

However, despite the withdrawal of Russian forces from it, the Kremlin has confirmed that there will be no change in the status of the city of Kherson, in referring to his stay among the four regions that Russia annexed to its territory at the end of September.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday in a press conference that the withdrawal of his country’s forces from the strategic city will change nothing.

He also stressed that the status of the region is “defined and fixed without any changes”. He refused to comment on the experts’ statements on the situation in Kherson, saying only that “the military operation is continuing”.

big setback

Interestingly, Peskov’s statements on the Russian withdrawal from Kherson come after the Ukrainian army confirmed that it had recaptured some 40 cities in the region. in a serious setback for the Russian army, 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.

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