Analysts of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) believe that the decision to withdraw Russian troops across the Dnipro is hardly a trap, reports UNN with reference to an analytical report published by the Institute.
"Russia's withdrawal from the western bank of the Dnieper is hardly a trap designed to lure Ukrainian troops into battle near Kherson, as some Ukrainian and Western sources suggest. ISW has previously observed many signs that Russian forces, military and economic assets, and occupation elements are steadily retreating from the west bank across the Dnipro River, and Russian officials anticipate and prepare for withdrawal in a manner inconsistent with a campaign to deceive and trap Ukrainian troops", analysts believe.
At the same time, the ISW notes that the Russian command will certainly try to slow down the Ukrainian advance to maintain an orderly retreat, and some forces may remain to delay the Ukrainian forces in the city of Kherson itself, but these battles will be a cover for the withdrawal of as many Russian units as possible. in due order.
"It will take some time for the entire Russian contingent to withdraw across the Dnipro River, it is still unclear whether Russian forces will be able to withdraw in a relatively good order under pressure from Ukraine. The battle for Kherson is not over yet, but Russian troops have entered a new phase — the priority is to withdraw their forces across the river in a proper order and delay Ukrainian forces, rather than trying to completely stop the Ukrainian counteroffensive," the report says.
Analysts believe that the Ukrainian counteroffensive "probably succeeded."
"Surovikin directly admitted that Russian troops cannot secure their group in Kherson and nearby areas due to Ukrainian strikes on critical Russian supply lines to the west coast," the analysts add.