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Russian state propaganda agencies report troop regrouping in Kherson region: Russian Defense Ministry claims provocation

13 November, 2023 Monday
13:55

The 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

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This was reported by Russian media outlets RBC and Kommersant.

They noted that two Russian state agencies reported on November 13 at 09:48 am and 09:50 am that the command of the “Dnepr” group of Russian forces, which is fighting in Ukraine in the Kherson direction, had decided to regroup its troops.

The statements said that after the regrouping, the “Dnepr” group would allegedly release some of its forces to be used for an offensive in other areas. 

The agencies also noted that the group would take up "more favorable positions east of the Dnipro River." They cited the Russian Defense Ministry's press service. At the same time, no such information was published on the official resources of the Russian military department, including the Telegram channel.

Photo: RIA Novosti

At 10:00 am and 10:03 am, both agencies made retractions of their messages as issued by mistake.

Later, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said that the false report about the "regrouping" of troops in the Dnipro region, allegedly on behalf of the Russian Defense Ministry's press center, was a provocation.

  • The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) stated that on November 12, the Ukrainian Defense Forces had some success in advancing in a ground operation on the left bank of the Kherson region.

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