STORY: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday (November 9) ordered his troops to withdraw from Kherson and take up defensive lines on the opposite bank of the River Dnipro.
"One cannot trust what they say, only time will show, " Tetiana Sezhko, 45 an engineer from Kyiv said.
Many echoed views expressed by Mykhail Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who said Russia wanted to turn Kherson into a "city of death," mining everything from apartments to sewers and planning to shell the city from the other side of the river.
"It is possible that they (Russia) want to lure us into something, " Mykola Shevr, 65 said.
The southern city of Kherson is the only regional capital seized by President Vladimir Putin’s troops since the war began.