I think it was the correct decision from their command structure.
Plainly obvious it was a correct decision. What else could could they have done? Keeping troops where they were would have seen their flanks turned and a pocket formed; the Russians can't mount an offensive in a different sector to draw away the Ukrainians and they also didn't have the operational reserves to pour into Kherson city.Ultimately, I think Russia is making the correct decision for them, in realizing that the Kherson front was going to be a slow, expensive disaster if they stayed there.
Are they really? For the past few months no doubt but if from the onset the army went in prepared for a protracted high intensity fight and had fully mobilised would the same problems have occurred? Maybe, maybe not.They've proven wholly incapable of fighting a multi-front war.
What ''antiquated small arms''? The Mosin Nagants? That's been done to death here and it's not as if whole sections or platoons have been seen with them. The Ukrainians have been seen with M2 12.7mm HMGs - this was first designed in the 1910's. Up to a few months ago there were pics showing Ukrainian Maxims which are even more ''antiquated'' than the Mosin Nagants.while their is evidence that Russian replacements are being sent with lesser equipment, from antiquated small arms, to older, less capable armor.
As for ''older, less capable armor'' no doubt but if they do the job. I'll also remind you that not all Ukrainian units are as well equipped as the ones we see in pics.
I'll wait and see how things pan out over the next few months.As long as the flow of equipment from the west keeps up, it will continue to keep the death toll high for the Russians, who I believe will focus on trying to consolidate their games in Luhansk and Donetsk.
We keep hearing more about the Russians and less of the Ukrainians. They too are tired and they've suffered terrible losses. At present they have the momentum and they have the moral but all these things don't operate in a vacuum; the Russians are down and very much so but they still have the capacity to sustain this war for quite a while more; irrespective of all the reports we've been fed with over these past few months giving the impression that a badly led, trained and equipped Russian army which had a low moral was close to collapsing. No doubt if this war drags on for another 6 months we'll still hear reports [whether over optimistic ones; exaggeration or plain disinformation] about how the Russians are on their last legs. I'll wait and see before forming any conclusions.