Ukrainian authorities announced that the police, as well as television and radio broadcasters, had returned to the southern city of Kherson following the withdrawal of Russian forces from it.
Ukrainian national police chief Igor Klimenko said Saturday in a post on Facebook that about 200 police officers are working in city, where they set up checkpoints and document prove of “possible war crimes,” he said.
He added that police teams are also working to identify and neutralize the unexploded ordnance and that an explosives expert was injured Saturday while removing mines from an office building, according to the Associated Press.
For its part, the Communications Monitoring Authority of Ukraine said that national television and radio broadcasts are resumed in city.
An adviser to Kherson Mayor Roman Holovnya said humanitarian aid and supplies have started to arrive from the neighboring Mykolaiv region. Speaking on Ukrainian television, he described the situation in the city as a “humanitarian catastrophe”, stressing that the remaining residents lack water, medicine and food.
Interestingly, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday that it had completed the withdrawal of its forces from Kherson and their retreat to the west bank of the Dnipro River, noting that it had not suffered any loss of life or equipment during the withdrawal.
This withdrawal has dealt a severe blow and has shown a serious setback for the Russian military, especially as it is the first major Ukrainian city to fall into its hands since the outbreak of the conflict on 24 February.
It also forms, together with Donetsk, Lugansk and Zaporizhia, the four regions that the Kremlin announced at the end of September 2022.
In addition, its geographical location is of particular importance, as the region lies on the borders of the Dnipro-Petrovsk and Nikolaev regions and has a land border with Crimea to the south, while facing the Black Sea to the southwest and in southeast from the Sea of Azov.
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