The Kremlin said on Friday that Russian forces’ withdrawal from Kherson would not change the status of the region, which Moscow has proclaimed part of Russia after moving to annex it from Ukraine, APA's Moscow correspondent reports.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the region’s status was “fixed” and that no changes were possible.
“It is a subject of the Russian Federation – it is legally fixed and defined. There are no changes, and there can be no changes,” Peskov said.
He said Moscow did not regret announcing the annexation of Kherson and the other three regions in a triumphant ceremony in Moscow on Sept. 30.
In the Kremlin’s first public comments since Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Russian forces would withdraw from Kherson city to the opposite side of the River Dnipro, Peskov said it was a decision taken by the defense ministry, and he had “nothing to add.