Kadyrov hails the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kherson

(CNN) Ramzan Kadyrov, the pro-Kremlin leader in Russia’s Chechnya region, said Wednesday that he supports the Russian Defense Ministry’s decision to withdraw its forces from Ukraine’s Kherson region.

Kadyrov, who has repeatedly criticized the Russian Defense Ministry and the operation’s command in Ukraine, added that the commander of Russian forces in Ukraine, General Sergei Sorovikin, “saved a thousand trapped soldiers.”

“After weighing all the pros and cons, General Sorovikin made a difficult but correct choice between meaningless sacrifices for loud statements and saving the priceless lives of soldiers,” the Chechen leader continued, on his Telegram channel.

“There is no need to talk about the surrender of soldiers in Kherson, and Sorovikin protects the soldiers and takes a more advantageous, comfortable and safe strategic position,” Kadyrov said.

He added: “Everyone knew from the early days of the special operation that Kherson was a difficult combat area, and the soldiers of my unit also mentioned that it was very difficult to fight in this area, especially without the possibility of a regular supply of ammunition,” and again criticized the mistakes of the past, asking: Why has this not been done since the early days of the special operation? That is another question.”

“I think Sorovikin acted like a real military general, he is not afraid of criticism, he is responsible for the people,” the Chechen leader said.

It is noteworthy that the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, ordered, earlier on Wednesday, the withdrawal of Russian forces from the western bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region, according to Russian state media.

The decision comes at a time when Ukrainian forces are advancing towards the city of Kherson from two directions.

The Russian withdrawal is the most significant military development since Ukrainian forces invaded the northern Kharkiv region in September.

Kherson is the first major Ukrainian city occupied by Russia since the invasion in February, and it is also the only regional capital that Russia has captured since the invasion in February.

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