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Zelensky visits liberated Kherson, says it’s the ‘beginning of the end of the war’

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office and posted on Facebook, Ukrainian soldiers take a selfie with President Volodymyr Zelensky, centre, during his visit to Kherson, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office and posted on Facebook, Ukrainian soldiers take a selfie with President Volodymyr Zelensky, centre, during his visit to Kherson, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hails the Russian withdrawal from Kherson as the “beginning of the end of the war,” as he lauds soldiers and took selfies with them in the recently liberated southern city.

The retaking of Kherson after a grinding offensive that forced Russian to pull back its forces from the city was one of Ukraine’s biggest success so far of the nearly nine-month invasion and a stinging blow to the Kremlin.

Zelensky walks the streets of the city just hours after warning in his nightly video address of booby traps and mines left behind in the city by the Russians before their retreat.

Zelensky has previously appeared unexpectedly in other front-line zones at crucial junctures of the war, to support troops and congratulate them for battlefield exploits.

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