Zelensky: Russia destroyed Kherson infrastructure before withdrawal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Saturday that the Ukrainian armed forces have regained control of nearly 60 cities in the Kherson region.

“Before fleeing Kherson, the Russians destroyed all basic infrastructure: communications, water supply, heating and electricity,” he added, noting that there was severe damage in the region.

“We are delighted,” said the Ukrainian president, adding that 2,000 explosive devices have been defused.

Demining

In addition, Ukrainian police began removing mines from Kherson on Saturday, the day after its recovery, and documented the “crimes” attributed to Russia in the big southern city, the loss of which constitutes a major setback. for the Kremlin.

About 200 policemen were deployed to Kherson to set up road checkpoints and document “the crimes of the Russian occupiers,” he said. in a note the head of the national police Igor Klimenko.

He also alerted the city residents to the presence of mines left behind by Russian forces and urged them to “move with caution”. According to Klimenko, a policeman was injured during a mine clearance operation from a building in Kherson.

painful blow

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.

This is the third major Russian withdrawal since the Russian operation began on February 24. Russia was forced to abandon the capture of Kiev in spring in the face of fierce resistance from the Ukrainians before being expelled from the whole Kharkiv region (northeast) in September.

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