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Latest Updates on the Russo-Ukrainian War – The Washington Post

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Russian forces retreating from the west bank of the Dnieper, including the city of Kherson, damaged and destroyed communications and other infrastructure and looted some of the area’s museums, Ukrainian officials said Thursday. President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested in his late night address that Russian troops were also laying mines as they departed.

But even amid reports that some Russian troops were leaving, Ukrainian officials said a full withdrawal from the region would take much longer. “It’s not so easy to withdraw these troops from Kherson in a day or two. At least, [it will take] a week,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told Reuters. He said the retreat would free up troops on both sides to fight on other fronts – but this winter would likely slow the pace on the battlefield.

Here is the latest news on the war and its ripple effects around the world.

4. From our correspondents

Howitzers help Ukraine push on the southern front: Ukraine has used American-made high-mobility artillery rocket systems, or HIMARS launchers, to cut off Russian troops from their supply lines in the southern Kherson and Mykolaiv regions. He also used US-supplied howitzers to pound the Russian front line, allowing Ukrainian infantry to liberate a series of occupied towns as they pushed towards Kherson, report Michael E. Miller and Anastacia Galouchka of ‘Ukraine.

Even when the front line did not move, howitzers supplied by the United States aided the Ukrainians by preventing the Russians from having their own shorter-range artillery on the front. “I can’t say they changed the tide of the fight,” said Lt. Col. Maksym Bohachuk, 29, a history teacher who is now a battalion commander, “but they [the howitzers] accelerate our victory.