According to the president, “there is still quite a bit” and the Armed Forces of Ukraine will enter the city.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the first time commented on the information about the entry of the Armed Forces of Ukraine into Kherson, occupied since the beginning of a full-scale war unleashed by Russia.
“Today is a historic day. We are returning Kherson. As of now, our defenders are on the outskirts of the city, there is still very little left and we are starting to enter. But special units are already in the city. Kherson residents have been waiting. They have never abandoned Ukraine. Hope for Ukraine is always justified , and Ukraine always returns its own,” the president said in his evening address.
The head of state added that he was happy to see how people, despite all the threats, took care of Ukrainian flags and believed in Ukraine.
“And even when the city has not yet been completely cleared of the enemy presence, the Kherson people themselves are already removing Russian symbols and any traces of the occupation of Kherson from the streets and buildings. It was the same in all other cities liberated by our defenders. It will be the same in those cities that are still awaiting our return. Ukraine will come to all its people,” Zelensky stressed.
The President thanked all the units of the Defense Forces, which are now ensuring the conduct of this offensive operation in the south and which have brought the present day closer for the Kherson region.
The head of state also published a video from Kherson, where you can see how the military is watching Kherson residents in the light of a fire and headlights of cars celebrating the return of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
https://www.unian.net/player/nRAV8zZ2Footage from the liberated Kherson
Liberation of Kherson – latest news
As UNIAN wrote, after the appearance on the network of footage showing Kherson residents with Ukrainian flags and Ukrainian military in the city, Ukrainian intelligence reported that Kherson was returning under the control of Ukraine, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were entering the city. They emphasized that the retreat routes of the Russian invaders were under the fire control of the Ukrainian army, and appealed to the Russians abandoned by the command to surrender.
Subsequently, Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar informed that “the troops are on the outskirts of the city, there are special units in the city.”
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that Ukrainian troops in some places of the Kherson region have already reached the right bank of the Dnieper. They noted that measures are underway to identify and destroy the enemy in a number of settlements.