Ukraine retook the city of Snihurivka and consolidates its counteroffensive in Kherson

Ukrainian troops recaptured from Russian forces the city of Snihurivka, located in the southern region of Mykolayiv Y 50 kilometers north of Khersonas they stated in video images published on social networks and on Ukrainian national television.

“Today, November 10, Snihurivka she was freed by forces from the 131st Reconnaissance Battalion. Glory to Ukraine!” a soldier yelled as civilians clapped and cheered.

In the footage, fog hangs over the city as a group of heavily armed troops, one of whom is holding the Ukrainian flag on a military infantry vehicle, can be seen.

At the moment there was no confirmation of the reconquest of the city by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, a day after Russia ordered its forces to withdraw from Kherson, the only provincial capital they controlled after eight months of war.

He told the agency AP military analyst Oleg Zhdanov, the reconquest of Snihurivka consolidate the ukrainian frontopening a direct highway to a junction of the Dnieper River and the suburbs of Kherson.

At the same time, the Ukrainian news outlet Pravda quoted Ukrainian armed forces intelligence as saying that two other settlements in the Kherson region, Pravdyne Y KalynivskeThey had been captured.

Still, the announcement of the Russian withdrawal from Kherson has been met with skepticism by the Ukrainian authorities. President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that the Russians are simulating a withdrawal to lure Ukrainian forces into trench warfare in the port city, which is the gateway to the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

However, Army General Mark Milleychairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Russia’s announcement of its withdrawal and possible pause in fighting over the winter could give both countries a chance to negotiate peace, he said on Wednesday.

Milley, the most senior US military officer, pointed out that Russia has between 20,000 and 30,000 troops in Kherson and that a Total withdrawal could take several weeks.

Ukrainian servicemen near a front line in the Kherson region, Ukraine, November 9, 2022. (REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi
Ukrainian servicemen near a front line in the Kherson region, Ukraine, November 9, 2022. (REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi (STRINGER/)

“The initial indicators are that they are indeed doing it. They made the public announcement that they will. I think they do it to preserve their forces to re-establish defensive lines south of the (Dnieper) river, but that remains to be seen,” he stated.

Milley left open the possibility that Russia would use the withdrawal to rebuild its forces for an offensive in the spring, but “there is also an opportunity here, a opportunity to negotiate.

But for negotiations to have a chance, both Russia and Ukraine would have to come to a “mutual admission” that a victory “may not be possible by military means, and therefore other means have to be resorted to,” Miley said. , who gave the example of the First World War.

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