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Zelensky tours Kherson city after Putin’s troops are pulled out: “This is the beginning of the end of the war”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits Kherson, Ukraine on November 14, 2022 (Reuters)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr ZelenskyVisited the newly liberated southern city GersonHe posed with Ukrainian troops in the central square. Zelensky He had already unexpectedly appeared at other fronts at crucial moments of the war, supporting the troops and congratulating them on their exploits on the battlefield.

A video showed Zelensky waving at residents who waved and shouted at him from an apartment window.Glory to Ukraine!”. Answer “Glory to the knights!” from the group ZelenskyComposed of soldiers and other persons.

It was the beginning of the end of the war”, the President pledged, reiterating his promise to completely withdraw the invading troops. “It’s important to be here … so people can realize that it’s not just words and promises, but we’re actually coming back and waving our flag,” he said.

As the Ukrainian flag was raised in front of the regional administration building in the center of the city, he sang the national anthem with his hand over his heart, as did other civil and military officials present. “Our enemies will perish like dew in the sun, and we, brothers, will rule in our land. We will give our soul and body for our freedom,” they chanted.

Zelensky sings the national anthem in Kherson (via Reuters)
Zelensky sings the national anthem in Kherson (via Reuters)

According to photos posted on Telegram, the Ukrainian leader also walked the streets of the city in military uniform, surrounded by armed bodyguards, although he was not wearing a helmet or bulletproof vest.

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Many, some with Ukrainian flags on their shoulders and smiles, waited for the president.

“Glory to Ukraine!” Some residents shouted at him from the balcony of a building. Following tradition, the head of state and his companions responded with “Glory to heroes,” according to a video shared on social media.

Spokesperson The Kremlin, Dmitry PeskovIt declined to comment on the visit on Monday Zelensky To Gerson, “It is known that it is the territory of the Russian Federation”. Publication of Gerson Forced after a severe attack Russia One of the greatest victories was the withdrawal of his forces from the city Ukraine Almost nine months of invasion time and up to a heavy blow The Kremlin.

Following Russia’s withdrawal, Ukrainian authorities have uncovered evidence of torture and other atrocities.

Volodymyr Zelensky visited Kherson and met with fighters who liberated the key city in southern Ukraine (AP).
Volodymyr Zelensky visited Kherson and met with fighters who liberated the key city in southern Ukraine (AP).

In his Sunday night video address, Zelensky He said without elaborating “Researchers have already documented more than 400 Russian war crimes, and the bodies of civilians and military have been found.”. “In the Kherson region, the Russian army left behind the same atrocities as in other parts of our country“, said. “We will find all the killers and bring them to justice. Without a doubt”.

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The end of the Russian occupation of the city GersonLasting eight months, it has sparked days of celebration but has also exposed a humanitarian emergency, with residents living without electricity or water and with shortages of food and medicine. Russia 70% of the region remains under control Gerson.

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Zelensky He said Russian soldiers were left behind when their military commanders left the city last week. He spoke again without further details.Neutralizing the saboteurs”. Ukrainian police have asked residents for help Identify those who collaborated with Russian forces.

Zelensky Residents of liberated areas are also asked to look for landmines: “Please, Do not forget that the situation in the Kherson region is still very dangerous. First, there are the mines. Unfortunately, one of our sappers was killed and four wounded while clearing mines.

Volodymyr Zelensky raises the Ukrainian flag in Kherson after the withdrawal of Russian troops (Reuters)
Volodymyr Zelensky raises the Ukrainian flag in Kherson after the withdrawal of Russian troops (Reuters)

He also assured that essential services will be restored.

We are doing everything possible to restore the normal technical capacity of electricity and water supply as soon as possible.“, said. “Let’s bring back transport and mail. We’re going to bring back an ambulance and normal medicine. Of course, the restoration work of the authorities, the police and some private companies has already started.

Residents said departing Russian troops ransacked the town and took loot with them when they left last week. They also destroyed key infrastructure before retreating across the wide river. Dnieper towards its eastern bank.

A Ukrainian official described the situation Gerson as “A humanitarian disaster”.

There is priority Reconnect the power supplyGas supply has already been confirmed, the regional governor said Gerson, Yaroslav Yanushevich.

The people of Kherson took to the streets to greet President Zelensky after Ukrainian troops liberated the city from Russian invaders (Reuters).
The people of Kherson took to the streets to greet President Zelensky after Ukrainian troops liberated the city from Russian invaders (Reuters).

Russia’s withdrawal marked a successful milestone in the Ukrainian offensive against the invasion of Moscow. Almost nine months ago. In the past two months, the Ukrainian military has said it has recaptured dozens of towns and villages north of the city. Gerson.

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Publication of Gerson By Ukraine It’s the latest in a string of embarrassing situations The Kremlin On the battlefield. It came six weeks after the Russian president Vladimir Putin Attaching the section Gerson and three other provinces in southern and eastern Ukraine — in violation of international law — and declaring them Russian territory.

(With information from AP).-

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