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Putin ‘in no rush’ as Kherson retreat signals change of strategy

By Pjotr Sauer

10 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

It may sound counterintuitive, but the Russian withdrawal from Kherson may well mean Putin and the Russian military are hunkering down for a long war. The Guardian explains.

As has often been the case, Vladimir Putin was not present to deliver the bad news. On the day Russia announced a retreat from the Ukrainian city of Kherson, the Russian leader was touring a neurological hospital in Moscow, making no mention of the monumental decision.

It was instead Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and its commander in Ukraine, Gen Sergei Surovikin, who explained in a televised exchange that holding Kherson was no longer tenable.

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