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Putin Is Crazy: Russia Says Kherson ‘Remains Russian’

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MLRS combat firing practice, Republic of Korea Army The 5th Artillery Brigade.

Peskov Saves Face, Claims Kherson “Remains Russian”: Despite Russian forces withdrawing from Kherson city and surrounding regions in Kherson Oblast, top Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saved face on Friday when he claimed that the territory “remains Russian.”

Kherson city was previously the only regional capital occupied by Russian forces in Ukraine, and Kherson Oblast was one of four territories annexed by Russia in September, despite its forces not having full control of each territory.

According to Russian state news agency TASS, Peskov said that the retreat of Russian forces to the left bank of the Dnieper River in Kherson Oblast does not change Russia’s claim to the territory, and said that Russia doesn’t have any regrets over having “accepted” Kherson Oblast into the Russian Federation.

Peskov said that Kherson’s status as a Russian territory was “fixed” and that no changes were now possible.

“It is a subject of the Russian Federation – it is legally fixed and defined. There are no changes and there can be no changes,” he said.

Peskov also indicated once again that Russia is open to engaging in negotiations with Ukraine, though did not indicate that Russia is willing to back down on any of its demands – meaning any new negotiations, especially with Russians in retreat, are unlikely to end in an agreement.

The conflict, the Kremlin spokesman said, can only end “after its goals have been achieved – or by achieving these goals through peace negotiations.”

Peskov himself admitted that he doesn’t see negotiations working out, however, noting that the position taken by the Ukrainian side means “peace talks are impossible.”

Russian Forces Begin Advance Into Kherson

Despite warnings that Kherson city was turned into a “city of death” by retreating Russian soldiers, who are understood to have laid traps using landmines as they left, Ukrainian forces have officially begun moving into the city.

Videos shared online show ecstatic local citizens celebrating the return of Ukrainian control over the territory.

Serhiy Klan, a member of the Kherson regional council, said that the Ukrainian flag is once again flying in the city.

“From now on, the Ukrainian flag will appear on all buildings in Kherson. This is what we have dreamed of from the first days of occupation,” Khlan said.

Ukraine Kherson War

Screenshot from military action in the Kherson region. Image Credit: Twitter.

Kherson has been under Russian control since the early days of the war. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on February 27 that Russian forces had completely encircled Kherson, and had captured parts of the city only days into the invasion of Ukraine.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Yrral

    November 11, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Why Ukrainain are doomed Google Milley Ukraine Negotiate

  2. aldol11

    November 12, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Putin is desperate, either he shows something that he can sell as a victory or he will join Gaddafi and Ceausescu soon

  3. jack johnson

    November 12, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Russia pulled troops from the west side of the river to the east side….hardly ‘”fleeing the area”. The move was a strategic military decision to save troops lives, something Ukraine never does.

    The issue with the possible flood if the dam is destroyed was key in the thinking, one side of the river is lower in elevation than the other. Leaving your troops in a dangerous area is unconscionable and this was the right move.

    I wonder why Zelenskyy stated this was a “great victory for defenders of Ukraine” instead of saying “Ukraine military”…..maybe because he never used the “save the troops” mentality in this conflict. NATO is fighting this war, not the Ukraine military….there is no Ukraine military.

  4. Dano S.

    November 12, 2022 at 10:12 am

    The Kherson withdrawl is wise military strategy. Those who disagree know nothing about the challenges of holding an urban territory, especially with winter coming. Maintaining targeted infrastructure and keeping supply lines open will take a disproportional amount of effort relative to any benefit of holding the city. Kherson will become a liability for Ukraine. Just wait and see. You will all be reading about the “humanitarian disaster” in Kherson.

  5. Pal

    November 12, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    There are no civilians in Kherson city…all civilians were evacuated, as they are mostly Russian supporters in Kherson and Donbass areas. UAF are inheriting a ghost town….for now. It ain’t over until the fat lady sings. The “celebrations” are fake.

  6. Francis de Briey

    November 12, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Fxxx Putin… Nobody agrees with you.

  7. vlad, dead man walking

    November 12, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    “I’m winning, I’m winning, Kherson is still mine”, as the cowards leave equipment behind and try to find a way to escape in civilian clothes. Clearly, this series of lies was meant for home consumption because the whole world knows Vlad lost the weenie waving contest with Ukraine.

    Russian will never be viewed as a superpower again, nor will they be able to sell trash arms to anyone. Vlad and his country are now the butt of jokes around the globe. Could this be why Vlad was afraid to show his face in Indonesia? Some fearless leader?

    One thing that was particularly amusing and presumptuous was banning some people from russia…as if anyone wants to go to a dump run by a dictator that can’t even keep his own people from fleeing the country.

    How long before the little runt is introduced to gravity and russia becomes China’s bitch?

  8. Sagat Boedyev

    November 13, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    The name of river is ‘DNIPRO’, NOT ‘Dniepr’

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