A destroyed home in a village in Ukraine’s Kherson region on Tuesday. Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/Zuma Press

Russia Orders Withdrawal From Kherson, Only Regional Ukrainian Capital It Held

Ukrainian forces have advanced town by town on the city in recent weeks, cutting off thousands of Russian troops

Russia announced a withdrawal of its troops from the southern regional capital of Kherson and surrounding areas, a major victory for Ukraine in its efforts to oust Russian troops from its territory.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered Russian forces to withdraw to the eastern bank of the Dnipro River at a meeting with the top Russian commander in Ukraine, Gen. Sergei Surovikin. Gen. Surovikin said the troops would take up positions on a new defensive line that had been prepared along the river.

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