Video | Why is Russia withdrawing from Kherson? | Videos

One of the iconic images of the war in Ukraine is that of the Russian Army tanks entering the province of Kherson through the border control that separates it from Crimea on February 24, the first day of the invasion. A week later, his troops were already patrolling the capital of the oblast (administrative units), the only one that Russia has managed to occupy in more than eight months of conflict. Its military authorities have now announced that they are going to withdraw in the face of the proximity of the Ukrainian counteroffensive. They are going to cross over to the eastern bank of the Dnieper, abandoning all the ground they occupied on the western side of the Ukrainian river. What reasons can the Russians have to start a withdrawal that can boost the morale of their enemy? They are explained in this video by Francisco Gan Pampols, Lieutenant General of the Reserve Army, and Félix Arteaga, Principal Investigator at the Elcano Royal Institute specializing in Defense matters.

“It is a very complex decision, because an entry city has many advantages to organize a defensive action. But of course, it would be an uncompromising defense, with no possibility of going back”, explains the soldier. It would be so because Ukraine bombed the bridges that cross the Dnieper in the summer, making a withdrawal like the one the Russians staged in Kharkov impossible. Another advantage of defending across the river is that it allows Putin’s forces to redirect the Ukrainians’ attention to other fronts of the war. “Specifically, Russia has intensified attacks in recent weeks in the Donetsk region.

“Not a decisive victory”

Ukraine does not trust Russia, and fears that the withdrawal could be a trap to ambush its forces in Kherson. In any case, the loss of the city is not expected to be decisive for the evolution of the conflict. “Russia controls much of the territory it has conquered since the February invasion, and so it is not a decisive victory. It is not a victory that would allow Ukraine to impose its conditions at a negotiating table”, concludes Arteaga.

In this video you can see:

  • Interview with the lieutenant general in the reserve Francisco Gan Pampols
  • Interview with the principal investigator of the Elcano Royal Institute Felix Arteaga
  • maps from the kherson front
  • images of the city of Kherson
  • images of the ukrainian fighters in the province of Kherson