Annexed city of Cherson: One less Russian flag

Reports raise questions: The Russian soldiers are no longer visible in Cherson. Are they just in an ambush?

an old woman sits slumped on a sofa in her partially destroyed house

A 67-year-old woman at her destroyed home in the Kherson region on November 7, 2022 Photo: Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/imago

Kyiv taz | The information is partly contradictory. The US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported on Tuesday morning that Russia had gained territory in the Donbass. The forces of the “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LNR) militia and the Wagner group entered Bilohivka in the Luhansk region on Monday, according to the ISW. On the other hand, the Ukrainian General Staff reports that the enemy has been repulsed in this area.

The information from the Russian-annexed city of Cherson is also contradictory. The Russian flag has not been hanging from the district administration building for a week. Liberation is awaited in the region of the same name, commented the Ukrainian broadcaster TSN on November 3 after the Russian flag was taken down, while also reporting that the Ukrainian army had recently liberated 90 towns in the region of the same name.

On the other hand, army spokeswoman Nataliya Humenyuk believes that the Russians are only faking a withdrawal from the right bank of the Kherson region in order to mislead the Ukrainian leadership. There are many indications that the Russian armed forces want to remain incognito in the city. reports on Russian soldiers in Cherson and around on the right bank of the Dnieper. They had nested en masse in the apartments of evacuated residents and stayed there in civilian clothes.

Russia is ready for negotiations

Russian troops continued their offensive this week in Bakhmut Oblast, Avdiivka-Donetsk section and western Donetsk region, ISW reported. The situation in the Chernihiv region is also critical. In view of 234 airstrikes in the past week, the residents of three towns are being called on to leave, according to the Chernihiv district administration.

A 14-year-old died in an attack in Russian-annexed Donetsk, reports, citing Russian Telegram channels. Other residential buildings in Donetsk and the railway administration were also shot at.

Meanwhile, one appears negotiated solution between the Ukraine and Russia is a long way off – despite international attempts at mediation. The last contact between representatives of both countries took place on October 17, when human rights commissioners Dmitry Lyubinets from Ukraine and Tatyana Moskolkova from Russia met met at a prisoner exchange at the front. Both have access to their respective presidents.

Russia is ready for negotiations without preconditions, quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko on Tuesday. Ukraine is setting conditions for a negotiation: a full Russian withdrawal from Ukraine, reparations and guarantees that will rule out a repeat Russian attack on Ukraine. This was stated by President Zelensky in his evening address.

Ukrainian pacifist gets justice in court

Russia’s new willingness to negotiate may also be due to the realization that the war, in the face of growing losses increasingly losing acceptance. The Russian opposition portal Meduza reported on Monday about Russian marines from the Far East who complained about heavy losses in an appeal to their governor. In four days they lost 300 men. Hundreds of soldiers, completely unprepared and unequipped, were exposed to enemy fire and died.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian pacifist Elvira (her last name is not given in the Ukrainian media) has won a lawsuit against her university. The woman, who studies veterinary medicine at the University of Agricultural Economics in Bela Tserkov, had asked the Ukrainian soldiers on Instagram in July to lay down their arms.

“I intentionally don’t donate to the armed forces or eat meat because I’m against killing and I don’t support war. I see the most sensible solution in this war as laying down our arms and welcoming the enemy with open arms. It sounds strange, but it’s the most sensible thing a sane person can do,” she wrote. In a specially convened meeting, the management of the university decided to deregister Elvira for this reason.

In September, Elvira’s lawyer filed a lawsuit. The exmatriculation is a “discrimination for political and religious reasons that violates constitutional rights,” Elvira said through her lawyer. On Monday, the court ordered the university to reverse the de-registration and to bear the costs of the procedure.

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