Russia reportedly orders troops to withdraw from critical Ukrainian city

Kherson is Ukraine sign, photo
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Russia's defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, announced Wednesday he was ordering Moscow's forces to retreat from Ukraine's strategically critical Kherson City. The move could be a setback in President Vladimir Putin's war campaign, but Ukrainian officials are skeptical of the announcement.

Shoigu instructed the retreat during a televised meeting with top Russian military officials, The New York Times reports. Commander of the Russian troops in Ukraine, Gen. Sergei Surovokin, acknowledged that the decision wasn't easy. Still, withdrawing would "preserve lives of servicemen and combat readiness of forces," he said. Surovokin cited Ukraine's continual shelling, potential flooding, and the difficult task of maintaining crossing points as the reasons he suggested the pullout.

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