Abandoned Russian soldiers disguise themselves as civilians and hide weapons in Kherson

Russian soldiers are changing into civilian clothes and hiding their uniforms and bulletproof vests in rubbish bins in Kherson.

Source: statement by Ukraine’s National Resistance Center

Details: The Center believes that the Russians may be trying to create the impression that there is "heroic resistance" against Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

Quote: "According to our underground movement, people in civilian clothes with weapons have been seen in different areas of the city. Also, Russian uniforms, helmets and bulletproof vests have been hidden in rubbish bins and separate building blocks.

The Russians may be trying to create the impression that the local residents are fighting back against the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In fact, these soldiers are just dead men walking to whom the command had promised a ‘way out’. Perhaps the destroyed Antonivka Road Bridge was one of those ways."


  • On 11 November, Russian media published photos and videos of the destroyed Antonivka Road Bridge near Kherson, claiming that it had been blown up by the occupiers when they left the city for the left bank of the Dnipro River.

  • On 9 November Sergei Surovikin, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian occupying forces in Ukraine, announced that Russian troops were moving from the city of Kherson to the left bank of the Dnipro.

  • The President’s Office of Ukraine remarked that a significant grouping of Russian troops remained in Kherson, and there were no signs of withdrawal from that area.

  • On Thursday, 10 November, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that there was good news from Ukraine’s south: the Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated 41 towns and villages.

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