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Kherson falls to Russian forces, first major Ukrainian city conquered — NYT

An armed Ukranian man stands by the remains of a Russian military vehicle in Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Serhii Nuzhnenko)
An armed Ukranian man stands by the remains of a Russian military vehicle in Bucha, close to the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Serhii Nuzhnenko)

After an embattled few days, the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson has fallen to invading Russian troops, The New York Times reports.

Kherson mayor Igor Kolykhaev met today with the local Russian commander who plans to set up a military administration in the area, according to the newspaper.

Russian forces had claimed earlier on Wednesday that the southern city of Kherson had fallen into Russian hands. The Ukrainian government insisted at the time that the local municipality was still functioning.

If confirmed, Kherson would be the first major Ukrainian city to fall into Moscow’s hands since the invasion begin seven days ago. The city lies in a strategically crucial area that connects the Crimean Peninsula, illegally annexed by Russia in 2014, with mainland Ukraine.

A member of the Ukrainian Emergency Service looks at the City Hall building in the central square following shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Pavel Dorogoy)

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