Transfer of Russian troops to left Bank of Dnipro River done: Moscow
The Russian Defense Ministry says Ukrainian forces tried to disrupt the transportation of civilians and troops to the left bank of the Dnipro River.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Friday that the transfer of Russian troops to the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson Region was completed at 5.00 Moscow time (02:00 GMT).
In a statement, the Ministry indicated that "not a single piece of military equipment or weapon was left on the right bank," adding that "all Russian servicemen crossed to the left bank of the Dnipro River."
The Russian Ministry confirmed that no losses were reported during the transfer of the Russian troops to the left bank of the Dnipro River, confirming that "all civilians who wanted to leave the right-bank part of the Kherson Region were assisted in the evacuation."
The statement read that the Russian troops have taken up pre-prepared defensive positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River after the crossing.
"The armed forces occupied defensive lines and positions prepared in advance in engineering terms," it said.
Ukraine's advance in Kherson did not exceed 6.2 miles
The Russian Defense Ministry noted that the advance of Ukrainian troops over the past two days in some areas in the Kherson Region did not exceed 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
On Wednesday, Commander of the Joint Russian Forces in Ukraine Sergey Surovikin reported to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu that it was necessary to withdraw the troops from the right bank of the Dnipro river, including the city of Kherson, and organize a defense on its left bank, and the proposal was accepted by the minister.
Ukrainian forces tried to disrupt transportation of civilians, troops
In the same context, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that during the transfer of civilians to the left bank of the Dnipro River, Russian troops repelled 33 Ukrainian HIMARS missiles.
"During the night the enemy tried to disrupt the transportation of civilians and the transfer of troops to the left bank of the Dnipro River," the statement said, adding that the "Ukrainian armed forces launched five HIMARS missiles on crossings over the Dnipro River."
The Ministry noted that "28 rockets were taken down by Russian air defense systems. Five more rockets were successfully deflected from the targets by means of electronic warfare."