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Departure from Kherson is a signal of a change in strategy: Putin is "not in a hurry"
The Russian president has distanced himself from the decision to withdraw troops from Kherson, but the Kremlin seems to be learning from its mistakes, according to The Guardian. Putin is in no hurry. He believes he is waging a long and larger conflict with the West, experts say.
But the final withdrawal decision does seem to signal a significant shift in his thinking. According to the ex-official, who claims to be in regular contact with former colleagues, Putin intends to "freeze" the conflict in order to regroup and properly train a large number of mobilized soldiers.
"Putin is not in a hurry. He believes he is in a long and larger conflict with the West," the ex-official said. revise the strategy again.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Wagner PMC founder Yevgeny Prigozhin unanimously approved the Kherson retreat, with the former calling it a "difficult but sure choice between meaningless sacrifices for the sake of loud statements and saving the priceless lives of soldiers."
Russian forces had spent several weeks building fortifications on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River before the retreat was announced, where the retreating force is now expected to take up positions.
“If Russia can withdraw units without major losses, it will likely be in a better position to hold the current front lines, as it will be easier for it to transfer forces to the defense of Donbass and Zaporozhye,” said Rob Lee, a senior fellow at the American Institute for Foreign Policy Research. (Rob Lee) "That's why it's critical how well this waste is handled."

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