NY Times: Zelensky Says Dozens of Towns & Villages in the Kherson Region Have Been Retaken

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Russia’s announcement this week that it was retreating from parts of the Kherson region has been cast in doubt, as events have been obfuscated by the fog of war and concern rose in Kyiv that the Kremlin might be bluffing in an effort to draw Ukrainian troops into a trap.

But on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops were indeed withdrawing from some areas they had controlled along the front line in southern Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky said dozens of towns and villages had been retaken.

Ukraine’s military also said it had recaptured 100 square miles in the past 24 hours.

“The number of Ukrainian flags returning to their rightful place within the framework of the ongoing defense operation is already dozens,” Mr. Zelensky said in his nightly address, citing 41 towns and villages. “Everything that is happening now has been achieved by months of brutal struggle. It was achieved through courage, pain and loss.”

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Ukrainian songs banned under the occupation blared from a speaker. People cheered and sang along, dancing to the light of car headlights and flashlights. Couples embraced and swayed to a slow song by the Ukrainian band Oceans of Elza, marking a little pocket of hope in a war that is not over.

Kherson, an urban hub with a prewar population in the hundreds of thousands, is mostly without heat, water, electricity, medicines or cellphone service. One Ukrainian official called it “a humanitarian catastrophe.” And on Saturday, reports of explosions at a critical dam roughly 40 miles to the northeast cast a growing shadow over the celebration.

Looming to the east are formations of Russian forces and their artillery, mostly still intact following their very publicized recent retreat. Kremlin-installed officials who had been occupying Kherson announced on Saturday that they had set up a new administrative capital in a seaside resort town, Henichesk, about 110 miles deep behind Russian lines.

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Renowned street artist Banksy has unveiled his latest artwork in an Instagram post – a mural in the liberated Ukrainian town of Borodianka.

The artwork shows a female gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble on the side of a building damaged by Russian strikes.

The graffiti artist posted three images of the piece Friday on social media, with a simple caption reading “Borodyanka, Ukraine,” using an alternative spelling for the town’s name.

Renowned street artist Banksy has unveiled his latest artwork in an Instagram post – a mural in the liberated Ukrainian town of Borodianka.

The artwork shows a female gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble on the side of a building damaged by Russian strikes.

The graffiti artist posted three images of the piece Friday on social media, with a simple caption reading “Borodyanka, Ukraine,” using an alternative spelling for the town’s name.

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Zelenskiy says investigators document more than 400 Russian war crimes in Kherson

By Jonathan Landay

:pushpin: War crimes uncovered after Russians pulled out-Zelenskiy

:pushpin: Kherson residents recount abuse by Russian forces

:pushpin: Demining of Kherson and power restoration underway

:pushpin: Fighting rages in eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions

KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has accused Russian soldiers of committing war crimes and killing civilians in Kherson, parts of which were retaken by Ukraine’s army last week after Russia pulled out.

“Investigators have already documented more than 400 Russian war crimes. Bodies of dead civilians and servicemen have been found,” Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Sunday.

“The Russian army left behind the same savagery it did in other regions of the country it entered,” he said.

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