Russians have taken Kherson, local official says

Russian forces have taken over the Ukrainian city of Kherson, a local official confirms after others said fighting for the city was still underway.

“The (Russian) occupiers are in all parts of the city and are very dangerous,” Gennady Lakhuta, head of the regional administration, writes on messaging service Telegram.

Earlier Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky released a video with an upbeat assessment of how the war is going, saying any city captured would be taken back.

“If they went somewhere, then only temporarily. We’ll drive them out,” he said.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry reports that in the past day three planes and two helicopters were shot down.

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