With the recapture of Kherson, Zelensky wants to believe in the “beginning of the end of the war” | War in Ukraine

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With the recapture of Kherson, Zelensky wants to believe in the “beginning of the end of the war” | War in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has addressed to the media in Kherson on Monday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he saw “the beginning of the end of the war” after the recapture of Kherson, a major city in southern Ukraine where he paid a surprise visit on Monday and whose crucial infrastructure was, according to him, destroyed by Russia.

At the same time, following a meeting in Indonesia with his American counterpart Joe Biden on the eve of a G20 summit shunned by Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, credited until now with tacit support for Russia, said he was very concerned about the conflict in Ukraine.

For Volodymyr Zelensky, the capture of Kherson marked the beginning of the end of the war. The recapture of the territories occupied by Russia is a long and difficult road, the price to be paid is high, but it is impossible to kill Ukraine.

In his daily address on the Internet, the Ukrainian president then claimed on Monday evening that before leaving the city the Russian forces had destroyed all the crucial infrastructure of Kherson. Absolutely all major facilities in the city and region are mined.

Residents gather during a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Kherson, southern Ukraine, on Monday, November 14, 2022. Listen to Lise Villeneuve's story.

The Kremlin for its part continued to affirm that the Ukrainian city, officially annexed in September along with the eponymous region, belonged to Russia, although its troops had to abandon it.

US President Joe Biden hailed an important victory, and while he said the evolution of the conflict will slow down because of the winter, he said he was confident in the fact. that Russia will not occupy Ukraine, following his meeting with Xi Jinping in Indonesia.

The two men agreed on their opposition to any use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, according to the White House. China has always been on the side of peace and will continue to encourage peace talks, the Chinese leader said.

US CIA boss William Burns was meeting on his side on Monday his Russian counterpart Sergei Naryshkin in Ankara, Turkey, where he warned him against any nuclear attack.

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In Kherson, hand on heart like other civilian and military officials present, Volodymyr Zelensky sang the national anthem as the Ukrainian flag was raised in front of the building of the regional administration.

According to photos posted on Telegram, the Ukrainian leader also walked the streets of the city in military attire, surrounded by heavily armed bodyguards, but without himself wearing a helmet or a bulletproof vest.

Many locals, some draped in Ukrainian colors, were massed in his path.

Glory to Ukraine! residents shouted at him from the balcony of an apartment building. Glory to the heroes! responded in accordance with tradition the Head of State and those accompanying him, according to a video widely relayed on social networks.

Valentyna Buhaiova, resident of Kherson, hugs a soldier after the Ukrainian army regained control of the city, annexed by the Russia in September.

Russian forces were forced to withdraw last week from Kherson after an eight-month occupation, leaving the way open for Ukrainian soldiers to enter the city on Friday.

Interviewed on this trip of the Ukrainian president to Kherson, the Kremlin for its part continued to affirm that the city belonged to Russia.

We will not comment, you know very well that it is the territory of the Russian Federation, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Kherson had been the first major city and the only regional center to fall after the Russian invasion unleashed in late February. The forced withdrawal of troops from Moscow in the face of pressure from the Ukrainian counter-offensive was a snub to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who ordered the mobilization of 300,000 reservists in September.

The coming months will be difficult for Ukraine, however, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Monday.

“We must not make the mistake of underestimating Russia […] Putin's goal is to leave Ukraine cold and dark this winter.

— Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, at a press conference in The Hague

The Russian army, struggling on the ground, has in recent weeks carried out several waves of massive strikes by missiles and kamikaze drones on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, particularly on energy networks.

She claimed on Monday to have conquered a locality in eastern Ukraine, Pavlivka, a rare success claimed by Moscow after weeks of setbacks and retreats.

On Monday, the Ukrainian intelligence service announced that it had arrested a Russian soldier in civilian disguise in Kherson, amid fears that soldiers from Moscow are still present in the city.

It was this morning in Kherson, in southern Ukraine. Three days after the liberation of the city, President Volodymyr Zelensky was in his main square in the city center for the official raising of the Ukrainian flag. A surprise visit to celebrate the recovery of this strategic city, after nine months of occupation and a counter-offensive that had been going on since the summer. Tamara Alteresco is with us to talk about this major turnaround and what it means for the future.

Interviewed by AFP, residents of Kherson recounted the months of #x27;Russian occupation and for some, their acts of resistance to help the Ukrainian counter-offensive.

In New York, the United Nations General Assembly also adopted on Monday a non-binding resolution in favor of a mechanism for reparation by Russia for the human and material destruction caused by its invasion of Ukraine.

Contrary to the Security Council, where Russia has a right of veto, Moscow could not block this resolution carried by Ukraine, Canada, the Netherlands and Guatemala, and adopted with 94 votes, less than the 143 collected to condemn the illegal annexations of Russia on October 12.

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