Amid Russian retreat, Moscow’s puppet official in Kherson Oblast dies, say Ukrainian law enforcers

9 November 2022, 07:29 PM
Kirill Stremousov (Photo:Kirill Stremousov Telegram Channel/Handout via REUTERS)

Kirill Stremousov (Photo:Kirill Stremousov Telegram Channel/Handout via REUTERS)

Moscow-appointed Kherson “official” Kyrylo Stremousov has been killed, the Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper reported on Nov. 9, with reference to a source in law enforcement agencies.

“Gauleiter of Kherson Oblast Stremousov has ‘left’ for a Kobzon’s concert,” the source said, referring to a Ukrainian meme concerning the deceased Russian singer, Iosif Kobzon, who supported Putin’s regime.r

Sources in law enforcement agencies have also confirmed reports of Stremousov’s death to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

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The collaborator was reported to have died in a road accident, but the reports have not so far been confirmed.

Reports of Stremousov’s death appeared as the Russian military was reported to have blown up all the bridges on the right bank of Kherson Oblast. In addition, the Russian flag has reportedly disappeared from the local administration’s building in the still-occupied city of Kherson.

Later, in the evening of Nov. 9, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu was seen on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official television channel ordering Russian forces to retreat across the Dnipro River.

In a stilted performance for the Kremlin’s TV cameras, the commander of the Russian troops in Ukraine, General Sergey Surovikin, was shown “advising” Shoigu that Russian troops should “take up defenses” on the left bank of the Dnipro.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces are reportedly beginning the liberation of the town of Snihurivka in Mykolayiv Oblast, which, if successful, will pave the way to the liberation of the city of Kherson. In turn, Mykolayiv Regional Governor Vitaliy Kim called for informational silence.

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