Ukrainian President Zelenskyj travels to liberated Cherson
Russian troops have withdrawn from Cherson in southern Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Zelenskyj visits the liberated city. Meanwhile, the first UN aid convoy arrives in Cherson.
Only a few days after the withdrawal of Russian troops, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy went to the big city Kherson traveled in the south of the country.
He wanted to express his personal support to the people of Kherson with his presence, he said Zelenskyj in front of journalists. “So that they feel that we’re not just talking about it, not just making promises, but actually returning, hoisting our flag.” The 44-year-old emphasized that he also wanted to feel the emotions and energy of his compatriots himself. “That’s also very motivating.”
Under the pressure of successful Ukrainian counter-offensives, the Russian army withdrew completely from the right bank of the Dnipro River last Friday. It also gave up the only regional capital it had conquered since the beginning of the war at the end of February. According to Ukrainian information, around 80,000 of the 280,000 people who used to live in the city have remained.
First UN humanitarian convoy arrives in Kherson
Meanwhile, the first UN humanitarian convoy reaches the people of Kherson. On board were, among other things, food, drinking water, toiletries, kitchen utensils, bedding, warm blankets and solar lamps, as reported by the UN Emergency Relief Office OCHA in Geneva.
In total, more than 6,000 people were cared for. A clinic receives medicines and material to treat more than 1000 patients.
It was the first UN convoy to reach the people of Kherson since Russia invaded and took the city in early March. The Russian troops withdrew a few days ago after successful Ukrainian counter-offensives.
According to the United Nations, Kherson has water and electricity shortages, markets lack food, and hospitals and doctors’ offices don’t have enough medicine. Further convoys are planned for the next few days. In other nearby villages that have already been liberated, more than 12,000 people have received humanitarian aid in recent weeks.