Ukraine Seeks to Document Russian 'War Crimes' in Liberated City of Kherson
The Ukrainian authorities have begun this Saturday to demine Kherson and to document “crimes” committed during the eight months of Russian occupationin the city in the south of the country.
The Ukrainian anthem is back. to sound on Friday in Kherson after the withdrawal of the Russian troops that had captured it shortly after the start of the invasion ordered by President Vladimir Putin at the end of February 2022.
Khersh is “ours“, proclaimed the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, after the departure of the invaders, confronted for weeks with a major counteroffensive in the south and east. Ukrainian television has returned The city's energy provider has started operating and the region's power provider has indicated that it was working to restore power.
The chief of the Ukrainian police, Igor Klymenko, has revealed that Some 200 agents were setting up roadblocks and recording “the crimes of the Russian occupiers.” It has also asked the inhabitants caution for possible landmines placed by Russian troops. A policeman turned out Wounded while demining an administrative building, he recalled.
“Russia hasn't used up her entire arsenal yet”
Kherson was the < strong>It was the only regional capital that had fallen into Russian hands and its liberation represents a major setback for Moscow. The region of the same name was also one of the four that Putin proclaimed as a annexed to Russia in September, promising to use all means at its disposal to defend it.
If kyiv's troops manage to reconquer the entire region, with access to the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, They would cut land communication between Russia and the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow. in 2014.
Despite the withdrawal, the Kremlin continues to insist that Kherson remains part of the Russian Federation. “There is no change in this and there cannot be,” he declared. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
In addition, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came back to insinuate on Saturday that Moscow could use nuclear weapons. “For reasons that are obvious to all reasonable people, Russia has not yet used its entire arsenal of possible means of destruction,” he said. Medvedev on Telegram. “There is a time for everything“, he added.
Ukraine, for its part, believes that counteroffensive is not over yet. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has affirmed that the Western countries, allies of Ukraine, are heading towards a “joint victory” of “all peace-loving nations around the world.”
“Very few believed that Ukraine would survive“, he said. Kuleba, meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a Southeast Asia summit in Cambodia. Blinken praised the “extraordinary bravery” of the Ukrainian army and people and promised that US support “will continue for as long as it takes” to defeat Russia.
“The war continues”
In kyiv, the liberation Jershon was received with joy. The residents of Jersón installed in the capital, gathered in the central Maidán square wrapped in Ukrainian flags, singing the national anthem and toasting with champagne. “At first I didn't believe it, I thought it would take weeks and months, a few hundred meters at a time, and now we see that they reached Kherson in one day, it's the best surprise,” he said. ; Artem Lukiv, 41 years old.
Likewise, in the capital there was relief and happiness at the same time, a fact that has been immortalized and viralized on social networks, where there are already thousands of photos and videos of Ukrainian citizens supporting each other and even hugging journalists who are telling the good news.
🇺🇦💥🇷🇺 I haven't been able to keep an eye on Ukraine these days because of the midterms, but what's up? good news to see the ukrainians take back kherson. These images are beautiful and make referendums look like the tease they really were.pic.twitter.com/aSgXMHMrdZ
— Emilio Doménech (@Nanisimo) November 12, 2022
In London, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said that the situation in Kherson could lead the ordinary Russians to question the war. “Russia's announced withdrawal from Kherson marks a new strategic failure for them. In February, Russia failed to capture the main objectives it had set for itself, except [taking] of Kherson,” he recalled. Wallace. “Now, with (this city) also abandoned, people in Russia must ask themselves: 'What is all this for?'” he added.
< p>However, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba warned that “the war continues” and that kyiv continues to see that “Russia is mobilizing more recruits and bringing more weapons to Ukraine.”