GENICHESK, November 24. /TASS/. The Ukrainian authorities have detained hundreds of local residents in Kherson, planning to use them in an exchange for prisoners of war, the Kherson Region governor’s freelance adviser, Alexander Malkevich, told TASS on Thursday.
"How many men are now held prisoner on our side? At least several hundred. We are certain that the Kiev regime is now forming a so-called ‘swap fund’, if you wish. We know that thousands of prisoners of war, their soldiers, are in our custody. In the meantime, the Ukrainian side has nobody to exchange them for. They are, to put it cynically, replenishing stocks in this way," Malkevich said.
On November 9, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu agreed with a proposal made by the commander of the Russian army group in the special military operation zone, Sergey Surovikin, for the pullback of Russian troops in the Kherson Region from the right bank of the Dnieper to the left bank. Surovikin stressed that the Russian military had successfully repulsed all Ukrainian attacks. The decision to move the forces back was due to the risk of their isolation, should territories downstream from the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant be flooded. Surovikin said that all civilians who wished to leave - more than 115,000 people - had already been evacuated from the right bank.