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Over 60 settlements in Kherson Oblast liberated – Zelenskyy

Saturday, 12 November 2022, 19:14
Over 60 settlements in Kherson Oblast liberated – Zelenskyy

Ukraine’s defence forces have liberated more than 60 cities, towns and villages in Kherson Oblast. Before withdrawing, Russian occupation forces have eviscerated critical infrastructure in the city of Kherson.

Source: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s video address

Quote from Zelenskyy: "As of this evening, Ukraine’s defence forces have regained control over more than 60 settlements in Kherson Oblast. The police have started mop-up operations. The mop-up is continuing in the city of Kherson as well…

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Before fleeing Kherson, the occupiers eviscerated the city’s critical infrastructure: mobile service, running water, heat, power. The Ruscists have the same goal everywhere: to humiliate people as much as possible. But believe me, we will restore everything."

Details: Zelenskyy additionally said that nearly 2,000 explosive devices (mines, tripwires and unexploded munitions) have been neutralised on the liberated territory of Kherson Oblast.

The president urged the residents of Kherson Oblast to refrain from examining buildings that have been occupied by the Russian forces or objects they have left behind.

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He said that a sapper was injured in Kherson on Saturday [12 November - ed.] while clearing an administrative building from mines.

Background

  • On 9 November, Sergei Surovikin, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian occupation forces in Ukraine, announced that Russian troops were withdrawing from the city of Kherson. The Office of the President of Ukraine said that the Ukrainian government saw no evidence that Russia would retreat from Kherson without a fight.
  • On 11 November, Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence reported that Kherson was being brought back under Ukraine’s control and that the Armed Forces of Ukraine started entering the city. Russian occupation forces’ retreat routes were under the fire control of the Ukrainian army.
  • On 12 November, legitimate Oblast and City Military Administrations, as well as the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) and the National Police of Ukraine, resumed their work in the liberated city of Kherson.

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