The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky said this Friday that “the people of Kherson were waiting” the arrival of the Ukrainian troops after the withdrawal of the Russian army, and he declared himself happy to see that he & # 8220; appreciates & # 8221; the flag of his country & # 8220; despite the repression and abuse of the occupants & # 8221;.
& # 8220; Today is a historic day. We are recovering the south of our country, recovering Kherson & # 8221 ;, Zelensky stressed in his usual evening speech.
The Ukrainian defenders are “closing in on the city, there's still quite a bit left and we're starting to get inside. However, special units are already in the city”, he reported.
“The people of Kherson were waiting. They never gave up on Ukraine, he added, declaring himself “happy to see how the people, despite all the threats, despite the repression and abuse of the occupiers, appreciated the Ukrainian flags, believed in Ukraine”.
The president stressed that “while the city is not yet completely cleansed of the enemy's presence, the people of Kherson are already removing Russian symbols and any trace of the occupants' stay” in the streets and buildings.
He ruled that with his “strength on the battlefield and in diplomacy, we will restore the territorial integrity of our state”.
Zelensky explained that after the defense forces reach the designated borders, stabilization measures will begin in Kherson to overcome all problems.
“The first is mines. The occupants left many mines and explosives, particularly on vital objects. We'll do the demining”, he announced.
Now, when the demining hasn't even started, “we can't guarantee media access to Kherson. >It is necessary to demine at least basic communications, verify the main objects”, he stated.
The Ukrainian president also addressed the Russian soldiers, mercenaries and collaborators who were left behind in that and other cities in the south from Ukraine.
“The only chance of salvation for you is to surrender to Ukrainian captivity. We guarantee that you will be treated in accordance with the law and international standards. And to those Russian soldiers who have dressed in civilian clothes and are hiding somewhere, I want to say that there is no point in hiding. We'll find you anyway”, he warned.
Ukrainian troops entered the southern city of Kherson on Friday, where theblue and yellow flagwas raised again shortly after the announce Russia that it had completed the withdrawal of its military from the right side of the Dnieper River.
kyiv thus abandoned the initial skepticism with which it received the news of the Russian withdrawal two days ago and began to celebrate its victory in Kherson, the largest it has had in almost nine months of the Russian military intervention.
Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defense gave in its daily report details of the withdrawal from Kherson, which, according to the official version , was completed in less than 48 hours.
“Today, at 5:00 a.m. Moscow time (02:00 GMT), on the Kherson front, the transfer of Russian units to the fringe left of the Dnieper River”, announced the military spokesman, Igor Konashénkov.