Ukraine president accuses Russia of ‘atrocities’ in Kherson

Eugene – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accuses Russian troops of committing “the same atrocities as the rest of our country” before being forced to withdraw from the strategic southern city of Kherson and its environs. There is

In his nightly video address on Sunday, Zelensky said without giving details, “Investigators have already documented more than 400 Russian war crimes, and the bodies of both civilians and military personnel have been found.”

“In the Kherson region, the Russian army committed the same atrocities as in the rest of our country,” he said.

The eight-month occupation of Kherson by Russia has come to an end. Caused days of celebration also clarified the humanitarian emergency Residents living without electricity or running water And food and medicine are in short supply. Russia controls about 70% of the entire Kherson region.

Zelensky said Russian soldiers left behind when military commanders abandoned the city last week are being detained. rice field.

Ukrainian police have called on residents to help identify those who cooperated with the Russian military.

Zelensky urged people in the liberated areas to beware of booby traps as well, saying, “Remember that the situation in the Kherson area is still very dangerous. First there are the mines. Unfortunately, one of the sappers died and four were injured during mine clearance.”

And he promised that essential services would be restored.

“We are doing everything to restore normal technical capacity for electricity and water supplies as soon as possible,” he said. I’m here. ”

Residents said departing Russian troops hauled out booty and looted the city when they withdrew last week. They also destroyed vital infrastructure before crossing the wide Dnieper and withdrawing to the east bank. One Ukrainian official described the situation in Kherson as a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

Reconnecting the electricity supply is a priority and gas supplies have already been secured, said Kherson Regional Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich.

The Russian withdrawal marked a victorious milestone in Ukraine’s resistance to Moscow’s invasion nearly nine months ago. Over the past two months, Ukrainian forces claimed to have recaptured dozens of towns and villages north of Kherson.

The Ukrainian recapture of Kherson was the latest in a series of battlefield embarrassments for the Kremlin. It was about six weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin, in violation of international law, annexed the Kherson region and three other provinces in southern and eastern Ukraine and declared them Russian territory.


John Lester contributed to this article from Kyiv, Ukraine.


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