Moscow ordered its forces to retreat from Kherson after Ukrainian victories on the battlefield. What’s next for Ukraine’s southern counteroffensive?
Ukraine’s impressive counter-offensive on the battlefield continues to result in substantial gains for the Ukrainian army in the south and east. Following an extended string of retreats and defeats, Russian forces have withdrawn from Kherson, the capital of one of the four Ukrainian regions that Moscow claimed to have annexed in late September. Though Moscow has ordered its forces to retreat from the right bank of the Dnipro River, Ukrainian officials have urged caution, claiming that some Russian forces still remain in Kherson and may be reorganizing on the other side of the river.
Could the retreat be a Russian bluff? Will Ukrainian forces continue their momentum heading into the winter? Is the war in Ukraine entering a new stage?
Melinda Haring, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a conversation featuring Jennifer Cafarella, chief of staff at the Institute of the Study of War, Gen. (Ret.) Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, and Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk, distinguished fellow at the Eurasia Center and former minister of defense of Ukraine.
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