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Kyiv vows to continue pushing Ukraine’s Russia after Kherson’s success

The Ukrainian president vowed to continue pushing Russian forces out of his country even after they withdrew from Kherson, leaving cities in southern Ukraine ravaged, starved and booby-trapped.

The Russian withdrawal from Kherson marked a triumphant milestone in the Ukrainian resistance to Moscow’s invasion nearly nine months ago. Residents of Kherson hugged and kissed the arriving Ukrainian troops in an enthusiastic scene.

“We will see ‘a lot more such greetings’ of Ukrainian soldiers liberating territory held by Russia,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video address on Saturday.

He swore to the people of Ukrainian cities and villages still under occupation: We leave no one behind. ”

Ukraine’s recapture of Kherson was a significant setback for the Kremlin and the latest in a string of battlefield embarrassments. It was about six weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin, in violation of international law, annexed the Kherson region and three other provinces in southern and eastern Ukraine and declared them Russian territory.

The Kremlin announced Saturday morning that its troops had withdrawn from Kherson to the other side of the Dnieper.

While driving from the Mykolaiv area towards Kherson, an AP reporter found a broken power line and found spent projectile shells and a rotting cow carcass. Several destroyed tanks lined the muddy road.

As Ukrainian forces consolidated control of Kherson on Sunday, officials considered the daunting task of clearing explosives and restoring basic public services in the city.

One Ukrainian official described the situation in Kherson as a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Residents remaining in the city are said to be running out of water, medicine and food. There is a shortage of daily necessities such as bread due to power shortages.

Ukrainian police have called on residents to help identify collaborators with Russian forces during the eight-month occupation. Ukrainian police officers returned to the city on Saturday along with public broadcasting services following the departure of Russian troops.

A girl and a Ukrainian officer celebrate their recapture in Kherson, Ukraine.

A girl and a Ukrainian officer celebrate their recapture in Kherson, Ukraine.

A woman celebrates the recapture of Kherson and hugs a Ukrainian officer.

The Ukrainian military said it was overseeing “stabilization measures” around the city to ensure its security.

Woman reacts to Ukrainian parliamentarian and officer Roman Kostenko as he celebrates his re-arrest in Kherson

To celebrate the recapture of Kherson, the women get emotional with Ukrainian parliamentarian and officer Roman Kostenko.

Head of the Ukrainian National Police Ihor Klimenko said on Facebook on Saturday that about 200 police officers are working in the city, setting up checkpoints and recording evidence of possible war crimes. .

The administration of the Russian-appointed Kakhovka district east of the city of Kherson, perhaps the next to fall in Ukraine’s march on territory illegally annexed to Moscow, said it would evacuate its employees on Saturday. Announced.

“Today, the regime is the number one target for Ukrainian aggression,” said Pavel Filipchuk, leader of the Moscow-based Kakhovka.

“Therefore, by order of the Kherson regional government, we, as authorities, will move to a safer area and lead the district from there,” he wrote in Telegram.

Kakhovka is located on the left bank of the Dnieper, upstream from the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station.

A woman leans against Ukrainian parliamentarian and officer Roman Kostenko.
Although the city is known to be in Ukrainian hands, much of the territory is still under Russian control.

Deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office Kirilo Tymoshenko said six people were killed in the Russian shelling on Saturday.

Writing in Telegram on Sunday, he said four people were killed and one wounded in the eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine, two in the Kherson region and two wounded in the central Dnipropetrovsk region. rice field.

In Kherson, social media photos on Saturday show Ukrainian activists removing a memorial erected by occupation authorities. , showed two people in a park tearing down a plaque depicting Soviet-era soldiers.

Moscow’s announcement that Russian troops would withdraw across the Dnieper River, which divides both the Kherson region and Ukraine as a whole, followed an intensified Ukrainian counterattack in the south of the country. In the past two months, Ukrainian forces have claimed to have recaptured dozens of towns and villages north of Kherson city, where they said stabilization operations were taking place.

Ukrainians wave flags from their cars in downtown Kherson as celebrations erupt over the city's recapture.
Ukrainians wave flags from their cars in downtown Kherson.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba has tried to calm the excitement over Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson.

“We are winning the battle on the ground, but the war continues,” he said from Cambodia, who was attending a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Sunday that a joint statement on the outcome of the summit was not adopted because “the American side and its partners asserted an unacceptable assessment of the situation in Ukraine and its surroundings.” Told.

The Kremlin is angry at the support Ukraine receives from Western allies, including the United States. Kyiv vows to continue pushing Ukraine’s Russia after Kherson’s success

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