Kyiv/Moscow/Ankara: Although Kherson city and parts of the Kherson province have been liberated, the threat in the area remains while Russia may also increase the intensity of its attacks, the Ukrainian army warned. On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Kherson, the city from which Russia withdrew its troops. The Ukrainian army’s warning of attacks in the wake of the visit becomes noteworthy. Meanwhile, information has come to light that the intelligence chiefs of Russia and the United States have met in Turkey.
Last week, the Russian army withdrew from Kherson, a strategic city in southern Ukraine . Russia said it withdrew its troops for two purposes, reorganizing the military units and avoiding casualties. Russia pulled out troops through a section of the Dnipro River that flows through Kherson province. While pulling out its troops, Russia was found to have built a strong front on the other side of the river. After that, Russia started surveillance in other parts of Kherson occupied by the Ukrainian army, and a large number of missiles and air attacks are anticipated in these parts.
The warning given by the Ukrainian army confirms it. ‘Russian armed forces will target military and civilian areas in future. A large number of mines have also been planted in many parts of Kherson, and the danger of this persists, the Ukrainian army warned. The information given by the Russian military also said attacks are ongoing in the Donetsk region and Kherson. Russia has also said it attacked several Ukrainian military command posts and bases.
Russia has made a statement on Ukrainian President Zelensky’s visit to Kherson city. “Kherson is part of Russia, so there will be no reaction to Zelensky’s visit,” Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Even after the Russian army withdrew from Kherson last week, Peskov refrained from commenting. Peskov said they should ask the Russian Defence Ministry questions since they decided to withdraw.
Meanwhile, reports state that the heads of the intelligence agencies of Russia and the United States met in Turkey. The Russian daily “Kommersant” has said Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s intelligence agency “SVR”, and other top officials visited Turkey. A US National Security Council spokesman confirmed the report that CIA chief William Burns was in Turkey with senior officials.
“The US is open to dialogue with Russia on nuclear threats and strategic stability and has never ruled it out. As part of that, the head of the CIA will be meeting with the head of the Russian intelligence service in Ankara,” said a spokesman for the National Security Council. Previously, reports stated that US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan also held discussions with a Russian security adviser.