Is Ukraine heading towards avoiding confrontation with Russia?
The Ukrainian General Staff in Ukraine announced on Thursday that it made a mistake in announcing the withdrawal of the Russian army from the city of Nova Kakhovka, which is located on the opposite bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region, south of Kiev.
The Ukrainian army had announced earlier in the day that the Russian forces had withdrawn from the city.
Ukraine officially retracts its announcement of Russia’s withdrawal from a city near Kherson
The Ukrainian authority confirmed via Telegram that “the occupiers are still temporarily present in Nova Kakhovka,” adding that “the information about the alleged withdrawal of the enemy from this city was published due to the use of incorrect data.”
A Russian official in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine denied, in a statement on the Telegram application, the withdrawal of the Russian army from the city of Nova Kakhovka and other locations on the left bank of the Dnipro River.
He confirmed that the Russian military would remain in their positions. This comes at a time when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is touring areas suffering from the effects of the Russian war in southern Kherson, the third tour in two days.
On the other hand, the Kherson region was recently recovered from Russian control.
A senior military commander in Kiev has indicated that a counterattack from Kiev is under threat, and may happen very soon. At the end of last year, Kiev officially regained control of the capital of the Kherson region, which is known as Kherson, and the Ukrainian army expelled the Russians from the city weeks after the start of the Russian military campaign more than a year ago.
Now, the Dnieper River forms the frontier in the region, which is still partly occupied by Russia.