Kherson: President Zelensky visits liberated city

President Volodymyr Zelensky has visited the city of Kherson days after it was liberated by Ukrainian troops.

He spoke to soldiers, saying Ukraine is “moving forward” and ready for peace.

The loss of Kherson, taken in the early stages of the invasion, was a major setback for Russia – though Moscow insists it remains Russian territory.

Russia had declared it the administrative centre of the illegally-annexed Kherson region, and it was the only regional capital to be occupied.

Kherson was captured in March, weeks after the invasion began. The region was then one of four to be illegally annexed after self-styled referendums were held in September.

At a ceremony in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the annexation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson was “non-negotiable”.

But in the following weeks Ukraine began to make gains in the south of the country, advancing towards Kherson and putting Russian forces under increasing pressure.

Finally, Russian forces…

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