Zelenskyy said Russia destroyed important infrastructure in Kherson.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that as Kyiv recaptured the southeastern city, Russian forces destroyed key infrastructure in the southern city of Kherson before evacuating them. “The occupiers destroyed all critical infrastructure such as communications, water, heat and electricity before escaping from Kherson,” Zelenskyy said in a video speech on Saturday. “[Russians] Everywhere you go, you have the same goal. It is to insult people as much as possible. But we will restore everything. Trust me,” he said. Delighted residents welcomed troops arriving in the city center on Friday after relinquishing the only regional capital Russia had occupied since the outbreak of the war in February. Zelenskyy adds that Ukrainian forces have recaptured more than 60 settlements in the Kherson region, and so far nearly 2,000 land mines, wire and unexploded ordnance have been disposed of. Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleva said Ukraine is winning the ground war. But the war continues.” Ukraine’s triumphant Kherson recovery was hailed as a “special victory” by the United States. U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a visit to Cambodia with President Joe Biden that “it is thanks to the incredible tenacity and skill of the Ukrainians, backed by the relentless and united support of the United States and its allies.” regional summit. This handout satellite imagery distributed and collected by Maxar Technologies on 11/11/2022 shows damaged sections of the Nova Kakhovka dam in the Kherson region. [Photo by Handout/ Maxar Technologies/ AFP]
‘Most decisive’ event in the war Al Jazeera’s Assed Baig, reported by the Kherson region, said the Moscow withdrawal was so far “the most decisive” event in the war. He said, “The morale of Ukrainian soldiers who believe they can win this war has increased.” Ukrainian police chief Ihor Klymenko said about 200 police officers are working in the city, setting up checkpoints and documenting evidence of possible war crimes. He said one police officer was injured while clearing the administrative building, and he urged Kherson residents to beware of the possibility that the Russian military may have laid mines. Officials also said humanitarian aid is being delivered to city dwellers. “The situation is very difficult because Russia has created intolerable conditions for people to stay and live in Kherson. And before the Russian army withdrew, Russia deliberately tried to cause a humanitarian catastrophe.” Oleksandr Merezhko, chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament, said. “The demining operations have already begun and humanitarian aid has begun to flow into the city. And we hope to open a post office within a month and start providing money, pensions and salaries to Kherson’s workers,” he told Al Jazeera. According to Ukrainian military chiefs, about 70 percent of Kherson’s area is under Moscow’s control, and Russian forces are strengthening their fronts on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River. After Russia withdrew from the city of Kherson, the Ukrainian city of Henichesk was established as the interim administrative capital of the Kherson region. Sergei Markov, a former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, told Al Jazeera that the loss of Kherson is a blow to Russia, but Moscow’s mobilization means this will be Ukraine’s final victory. “It is really embarrassing for Russia. We believed that the Russian army was the second military force in the world after the United States. Probably on par with the US. So depressed for the people and depressed for the military, but we still believe that this is the last military victory for the Ukrainian army.” “The main reason is that Ukraine has been all-out throughout the spring. Ukraine has five times less population than Russia, but the Ukrainian army is twice as large as Russia’s. But now the privilege of the Ukrainian army will come to an end, as 300,000 mobilized Russians will come to the Russian army.” Meanwhile, the Kremlin argued that Kherson was still part of Russia and did not regret annexing the entire Kersson region. Russia announced in September that it would annex four Ukrainian territories, including Kherson. Kyiv called it illegal, and Western countries condemned it. If Ukraine fully retakes Kherson, an important Russian overpass would collapse between the mainland and Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

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