ISW analyzes what is behind claims of Russian army withdrawal from Kherson region's left bank
The Russian military command could have instructed Russian state media to publish and then retract reports of a regrouping of troops in the Kherson region as part of an information operation. Its goal is to make Ukrainian forces underestimate the available Russian manpower on the left bank of the Kherson region
This was reported by analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
In addition, the retracted reports about the regrouping of the Russian military on the eastern shore of Kherson region may indicate real discussions taking place in the highest echelons of the Russian military command. They could have prematurely entered the information space.
Another hypothesis of military analysts is that an external source under the guise of the Russian Ministry of Defense passed information to Russian state media about the "regrouping" of Russian troops on the left bank of the Kherson region.
ISW analysts believe that regardless of the reasons and circumstances of the TASS and RIA Novosti reports, the reaction to them shows that the events in the Kherson region remain very neuralgic for the Russian information space.
ISW also emphasizes that the Russian media space has not yet coalesced around a unified rhetoric about what is happening on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River.
- On November 13, the American Institute for the Study of War reported that over November 12, the Ukrainian Defense Forces had some success in advancing in the ground operation on the left bank of the Kherson region.
- On November 13, Russian propaganda news agencies RIA Novosti and TASS reported that the Russian Defense Ministry had decided to move troops "to more favorable positions east of the Dnipro River" in the Kherson region. Later, they retracted these statements, and the Defense Ministry called them a provocation. The Ukrainian resistance also denied this information.