The Russian withdrawal was hailed as the “beginning of the end of the war” by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his triumphant visit to the recently liberated city of Kherson on Monday.
However, he also acknowledged the high-cost Ukrainian soldiers are incurring in their valiant efforts to repel the invading force.
One of Ukraine’s most significant victories nearly nine months after Moscow’s invasion was the recapture of Kherson.
It dealt the Kremlin yet another painful blow and might serve as a launchpad for subsequent incursions into the seized territory.
However, a sizable portion of eastern and southern Ukraine is still under Russian occupation, and Kherson is still within range of Russian shells and missiles.
Meanwhile, Ukraine reported that fierce fighting persisted in other parts of the nation.
On Monday, Zelenskyy strolled the streets of Kherson, presenting medals to soldiers and taking photographs with them while sending a strong message.
He declared, “This is the beginning and end of the conflict.” “We are gradually making our way to every temporarily held territory.”
He bitterly recognized that the current conflict “removed the best heroes of our country.”
Days of jubilation have followed the end of Russia’s takeover of the city, the first provincial capital its soldiers have taken control of since the invasion in February.