The occupation “authorities” of the Kherson region have announced temporary relocation of the regional capital from the city of Kherson to the city of Henichesk, Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti reports, citing the so-called “press secretary of deputy chair of the regional government” Alexander Fomin.
“As of today, Henichesk is the temporary administrative capital of the Kherson region. All the main bodies of power are located there,” he says.
Henichesk is a port and resort city, located in the south of the region, in the area of the Arabat Spit on the shore of the Azov Sea.
Yesterday, 11 November, Ukraine’s Defence Ministry announced that the city of Kherson was back under control of Ukraine‘s Armed Forces, with videos of Ukrainian servicemen entering Kherson appearing on social media. Earlier in the day, Russia’s Defence Ministry declared that all Russia’s troops had crossed the Dnipro River in the Kherson region and are now on the east bank of the river. According to the ministry, “not a single piece of equipment or weaponry was left on the west bank”.
On 9 November, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered troops to retreat from the Ukrainian city of Kherson and cross the Dnipro River. Formally, Kherson — the only regional capital that Russia had managed to capture since the beginning of the invasion — was “part of Russia” for 41 days. Sergey Surovikin, commander of Russian troops in Ukraine, said that Russian forces had resumed the offensive “in certain directions”.