Russia’s partial withdrawal from the Kherson region is a “wise and strategic choice,” Scott Bennett, former U.S. Army psychological warfare officer, told Sputnik.

The Russian military’s decision to relocate troops to the left bank of the Dnepr River, announced by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on 9 November, was made to avoid casualties and spare Russian lives, the former officer said.

The move, which Bennett described as a strategically sound one, was made after intelligence reports of plans by Kiev to use prohibited means of warfare in Kherson, including indiscriminate missile and rocket attacks against the Russian city and a massive missile strike on the Khakovskaya Dam.

General Sergei Surovikin, appointed commander of all Russian forces in Ukraine amid the ongoing special military operation, warned that Kiev’s actions would entail major casualties among the civilian population along with widespread material destruction.

According to Bennett, the decision to partially exit Kherson is part of a long-term plan to exhaust Kiev’s troops, as well as the US and NATO’s mercenary force. While the propaganda machine of the collective West, the EU, and US President Joe Biden’s “administration of senile idiots” was likely to proclaim the move as a “Russian defeat,” the loud bullying American rhetoric revealed that “they are insecure, they are fearful, they know they’re lying and they are weak,” Bennett said.

He suggested that Russia’s maneuvering comes as the Ukrainians are “running out of steam, energy and morale.” With winter looming, one could expect the Ukrainian military’s resolve to further weaken, resulting in the Ukrainian Army completely falling apart as the first bitter snowflakes of winter descend, Bennett said.

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