Russian retreat from Kherson city sets stage for more hard combat

Ukraine’s advance in the south has Moscow’s forces on the run. But Russian fortifications and the Dnieper River will slow a push on Crimea.

Russia’s expected military withdrawal from the southern city of Kherson opens the door to more Ukrainian battlefield advances, U.S. and Ukrainian officials said, but significant gains beyond that are unlikely to come soon as winter bears down and both sides bolster combat units with additional weapons, ammunition and personnel.