Russia 'tactically' withdrew from Ukraine's Robotyne, official says

Yevgeny Balitsky, the top Moscow-installed official in the Zaporizhzhia region

© APA | Yevgeny Balitsky, the top Moscow-installed official in the Zaporizhzhia region

# 06 September 2023 11:14 (UTC +04:00)

A Russian-appointed official has acknowledged that Moscow's forces have abandoned the Ukrainian village of Robotyne, more than a week after Kyiv announced its recapture, APA reports citing Reuters.

Yevgeny Balitsky, the top Moscow-installed official in the Zaporizhzhia region, said in a television interview that the Russian army had withdrawn for what he called tactical reasons.

"The Russian army abandoned - tactically abandoned - this settlement because staying on a bare surface when there is no way to completely dig in... doesn't generally make sense. Therefore the Russian army moved off into the hills," news outlet RBC quoted him as saying.

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