MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. Government and municipal services of the Kherson Region have had to be temporarily relocated to other cities, but the capital has not moved from Kherson to Genichesk, the Kherson Region, acting governor Vladimir Saldo has said.
"The rumors that the administrative center has been moved to one of the cities of the Kherson Region - some mention Genichesk in this respect - are not true. Kherson has always been the capital of our region. All government and municipal services have been redeployed to other communities on the territory of the Kherson Region. I want to stress that there is no dismay. We are constructively-minded," he said on the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media that no decisions had been made to stop identifying Kherson as the administrative center of the Kherson Region after the pullback of Russian forces.
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.