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Ukrainians are celebrating the recapturing of Kherson into the night as they gather in the downtown area of the southern city.
People across Ukraine awoke from a night of jubilant celebrating after the Kremlin announced its troops had withdrawn to the other side of the Dnieper River from Kherson.
The Ukrainian military said it was overseeing “stabilisation measures” around the city to make sure it was safe.
People have been pictured dancing at a train station in the capital of Kyiv, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, as celebrations continue in the south of the country following the recapturing of Kherson.
Following on from the previous post, below is a clip from Sky’s international correspondent Alex Rossi and his team in Kherson today as they witnessed scenes of jubilation following the city’s recent liberation.
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By Alex Rossi, international correspondent, in Kherson
With the magnitude of the moment still sinking in, a girl in a red coat ignores several cars and runs through traffic to throw her arms around a Ukrainian soldier.
It is a scene of celebration that is being repeated across Kherson, now liberated from Russian control.
Everyone in a uniform is being given a hero’s welcome – liberation clearly feels good and they are holding on to it tight.
This plays out as Ukraine’s national anthem banned under Russian occupation blares across the central square.
A woman, who tells me her name is Babushka Alla, is overjoyed – and wants to thank the armed forces.
“We are so happy that our strong men returned to us and liberated us from the occupiers!”
Latest pictures coming out of the Mykolaiv region in southern Ukraine show burnt military cars on the road after heavy battles between Ukrainian troops and Russian invaders, and an emergency service rescuer inspecting a building damaged by Russian shelling.
Moving pictures have captured the moment local residents greeted Ukrainian soldiers outside in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson today.
Nataliia Porkhun and Valentyna Buhaiova presented flowers and embraced uniformed men in the recently retaken village of Kyselivka.
Russian forces destroyed the critical infrastructure in the city of Kherson before fleeing, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said today, mentioning communications networks, water supplies, heat and electricity.
In a video address, the Ukrainian leader said his troops had
taken control of more than 60 settlements in the Kherson region
and were carrying out stabilisation measures in the city itself.
“Before fleeing from Kherson, the occupiers destroyed all the critical infrastructure: communications, water, heat, electricity,” Mr Zelenskyy said in a video address.
“(Russians) everywhere have the same goal: to humiliate people as much as possible. But we will restore everything, believe me,” he continued.
“Police have launched stabilisation measures. Stabilisation measures are also underway in Kherson,” he said, noting that almost 2,000 mines, trip wires and unexploded shells had been dealt with so far.
Vladimir Putin has spoken to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi today, with both leaders placing emphasis on deepening political, trade and economic cooperation, the Kremlin said in a statement today
It did not confirm when the phone call between the two leaders took place and made no mention of Iranian arms supplies to Moscow.
Russia has stepped up its efforts to build ties with Iran and other non-Western countries since it invaded Ukraine in February.
“A number of topical issues on the bilateral agenda were discussed, with the emphasis on further enhancing cooperation in the political, trade and economic fields, including the transport and logistics sector,” the Kremlin said.
On Wednesday, a senior Russian security official met Iranian leaders in Tehran and the two countries pledged closer ties.
The visit took place following accusations by Ukraine and the West that Russia has used Iranian drones to target Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
Iran has claimed it sent Russia a small number of drones before the war broke out.
Russia said today there was still no agreement to extend a deal allowing Ukraine to export grain via the Black Sea, repeating its insistence on unhindered access to world markets for its own food and fertiliser exports.
Deputy Foreign Minster Sergei Vershinin said talks with UN officials in Geneva on Friday had been useful and detailed but the issue of renewing the deal – which expires in one week – had yet to be resolved, TASS news agency reported.
He added there could be no progress unless a Russian state bank that finances the farm sector was reconnected to the international SWIFT bank payments system, from which it has been cut off by Western sanctions.
The United Nations says 10 million tonnes of grain and other
foods have been exported from Ukraine under the Black Sea
initiative agreed in July, helping to stave off a global food