A few days after the withdrawal of Russian forces from the western city of Kherson, Ukrainian President Zelensky traveled to the semi-liberated city in the south of the country.
Zelensky told reporters today that he wanted to express his personal support for the Kherson people with his presence. “So that they feel like we’re not just talking about it, not just making promises, but actually coming back, and raising our flag.”
The 44-year-old stressed that he also wanted to feel the feelings and energy of his fellow countrymen himself. “This is also very motivating.”
Under the pressure of successful Ukrainian counterattacks, the entire Russian army withdrew from the right bank of the Dnipro River on Friday. It also ceded the only regional capital it had occupied since the start of the war at the end of February. According to Ukrainian information, about 80,000 of the 280,000 people who lived in the city remained.