Russia says it's withdrawing from Kherson

STORY: Russia signalled a possible turning point in the war in Ukraine on Wednesday with news of one of its most significant retreats to date.

Defense minister Sergei Shoigu ordered Russian troops to withdraw from the west bank of the Dnipro River near the southern city of Kherson.

Ukraine reacted with caution to the announcement.

Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak told Reuters some Russian forces were still in Kherson and it was too early to talk of a withdrawal.

Kherson city is the only regional capital captured by Russia since its invasion in February.

Its abandonment would be a major setback for Moscow.

Russian troops were ordered to take up defensive lines on the east bank of the River Dnipro.

Moscow said it was no longer possible to maintain supplies to its forces in Kherson city.

It follows weeks of Ukrainian advances towards the city.

Russia has raced to relocate tens of thousands of residents - a move Kyiv says includes forced deportations.

Moscow says it is taking people to safety.

Further along the river, drones hit the town of Dnipro early on Wednesday.

In recent weeks Ukraine has reported a surge in such attacks on civilian infrastructure, particularly power stations and dams.

Some Ukrainian soldiers have resorted to making their own anti-aircraft weapon.

Machine guns have been mounted on a modified vehicle. It was designed by Ukraine’s National Guard servicemen in cooperation with civilian technicians.

Dmytro Pletenchuk is the press officer for Mykolaiv’s regional military administration.

He says the homemade weapon has a very high success rate.

On average we shot down 80% of drones, he said.

Adding that it was very difficult to down 100% of air targets.