December 3, 2022

Zelensky says Ukrainian special units entered Kherson amid Russian withdrawal

Zelensky says Ukrainian special units entered Kherson amid Russian withdrawal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that his special military units had entered Kherson as Russian forces withdrew from the strategic southern port city.

“Today is a historic day,” Zelensky said in a speech. “We are taking back the south of our country, we are taking back Kherson.”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu On Wednesday, it was announced that Russian forces would withdraw from KhersonMoscow struggled to supply forces in the city.

The Russian Defense Ministry said, on Friday morning, that it It has withdrawn its forces completely.

However, Zelensky questioned the Russian announcement, saying that some soldiers remained in the city.

The Ukrainian president addressed the opposition forces, saying: “The Russian soldiers, mercenaries and collaborators left behind” in Kherson must surrender to Ukrainian captivity.

“We guarantee that you are treated in accordance with international law and standards,” Zelensky said, adding that “voluntary Ukrainian families are the only option for all occupiers.”

Kherson’s loss is the latest in a series of defeats for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kherson is one of four regions that Putin declared Russia’s annexation in late September after holding referendums in those regions. The international community has criticized the referendums as “sham”. Similarly, the Ukrainian allies condemned the annexations.

Similarly, Moscow withdrew its forces from the city of Lyman in the annexed Donetsk region, just a day after Putin formally annexed the territory.