Russia completely retreated from the west bank of Dnieper River
ISWNews Analysis Group: After the retreat of the Russian army from the west bank of the Dnipro river, the Ukrainian army managed to recover 4800 square kilometers from Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts.
After the announcement of the decision of the Russian army to withdraw from the west bank of Dnieper River by Sergei Shoigu, the Minister of Defense of Russia on November 9, the Russian army forces withdrew from the western areas of the Dnieper River with an area of 4800 square kilometers. During this retreat, in order to prevent the advance of the Ukrainian army, the Russian army destroyed several bridges and communication routes between the western and eastern bank of Dnipro river, including the Antonovskiy and Kakhovka bridges.
By withdrawing from the city of Kherson and its northern regions, in addition to handing over economic resources, the Russian army handed over more coasts of the Black Sea to the Ukrainian government and eased the minds of the leaders of Moldova and NATO about the possibility of the Russians marching towards the borders of the Republic of Transnistria.
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In fact, with this retreat, Russia has placed the Dnipro River as its border with Ukraine and is trying to use this withdraw to convince the western countries in future negotiations. Also, there is a possibility of Russian military operations in the Dneipro river strip and moving towards the northern regions of Zaporizhzhia oblast and even entering Dnipropetrovsk oblast in the coming months.
In general, with the repeated withdrawals of Russia from the northern front of Ukraine, the southeastern areas of Kharkiv oblast and now the western bank of Dnipro River, the possibility of increasing the conflict and the continuation of the war in Ukraine has greatly decreased, and it seems that the Russians have lost the necessary conditions to continue the war! Therefore, rather than designing new operations, the Russian leaders are eager to negotiate or maybe they are waiting for a new and unexpected event to happen during the war.