Russia is still in Kherson: Ukraine Defense Minister

STORY: "It's not that easy to withdraw these troops from Kherson in one day or two days. As a minimum, (it will take) one week," he said, adding it was difficult to predict Russia's actions and that Kyiv was focused on its own plan.

Russia announced on Wednesday it would withdraw from the west bank of the Dnipro that includes Kherson city, the only regional capital Moscow has captured since invading Ukraine in February.

Reznikov said that such an exit would free forces from both sides to fight elsewhere and suggested Russia could beef up its units in the neighboring region of Zaporizhzia that has also been partially occupied for months.