Ukraine’s Zelensky proclaims Kherson ‘ours’ as Russia withdraws


Kyiv: Moscow announced on Friday that its forces had completed their withdrawal from the strategic Ukrainian city of Kherson, after Ukraine said it had reclaimed dozens of landmine-littered settlements abandoned by the Russians.

The Russian defence ministry said it had finished the pullout of troops from the western bank of the Dnipro river, Russia’s state TASS news agency reported, just two days after Moscow announced the retreat.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky declared Kherson “ours” after Russia withdrew troops from the city. The US hailed it as an “extraordinary victory”.

“As of now, our defenders are on the outskirts of the city. But special units are already in the city,” Volodymyr Zelensky said.

The US hailed Ukraine’s “extraordinary victory” in recapturing Kherson from the Russians on Saturday.



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