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If such a Russian withdrawal is verified, approximately 20,000 Russian troops will be left isolated from their superiors and main supply lines due to the river being half a mile wide. The Dnipro River was key to the conflict with Ukrainian forces destroying its main bridges and thus Russian supply lines in the occupied Kherson region.

Vitaly Kim, the governor of the Mykolaiv district in southern Ukraine near the Black Sea, revealed that the entire Russian general staff was withdrawing from the west bank of the river.

The governor posted a message on the social media app Telegram, in which he used a common pejorative word to describe Russian soldiers.

Vitaly Kim said: “I’m just a little sorry – but not too much – for the stupid orcs who were left behind on the right bank of the Dnipro.

“All commanders are moving to the other side.”

Once again, such poor military tactics by the Russian military prove to be an embarrassment point for Putin who believed he could conquer Ukraine’s major cities within days.

At the start of the invasion of Ukraine which began in late February, Putin’s troops attempted to cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea by moving from the annexed area of ​​Crimea to then land in the separatist areas of the eastern Ukraine.

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The Institute said: “Russian forces on the western bank of the Dnipro will likely lose the ability to defend against even limited Ukrainian counterattacks.

“Bringing in sufficient ammunition, fuel and heavy equipment for large-scale offensive or even defensive operations through pontoon ferries or by air is impractical, if not impossible.”

It is believed that Russia could intensify fighting in the Donbass region in the northeast to redirect Ukrainian forces and then launch a counter-offensive in southern Ukraine.

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