Notwithstanding Moscow’s announced withdrawal from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson and from the entire right bank of the Dnipro warns President Volodymyr Zelenskyj to exercise restraint. After the announcement, there was “a lot of joy,” he says in his daily video speech on Wednesday evening. “But our emotions have to be contained – especially during the war.” Zelenskyy pointed out that the withdrawal of the Russian occupiers was primarily due to the successes of the Ukrainian armed forces. “The enemy does not give us gifts, does not make gestures of goodwill.” No one withdraws from anywhere “just because” “except under pressure”.
The Ukrainian military will continue to move “very carefully, without emotion, without unnecessary risk,” the president said. And this with as few losses as possible. “In this way we will secure the liberation of Kherson, Kakhovka, Donetsk and our other cities.”