- The war crimes came to light after the Russians ousted Zelensky
- Kherson residents describe abuse by Russian forces
- Demining and electricity restoration work is underway in Kherson
- Fighting rages in eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions
KHERSON, Ukraine, Nov. 14 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the newly recaptured southern city of Kherson on Monday, the biggest prize ever won by Ukrainian forces.
“We are moving forward,” he said in a speech to Ukrainian troops, thanking NATO and other allies for their continued support in the war against Russia.
“We are ready for peace, peace for our country.”
Townspeople cheered Ukrainian troops on Friday after Russia abandoned the only regional capital it had captured since Moscow launched its invasion.
Zelensky said in a late-night speech that investigators had already documented more than 400 war crimes committed by Russia during its eight-month occupation.
“The bodies of dead civilians and soldiers have been recovered,” he said. “The Russian army left behind the same barbarism it did in other parts of the country it entered.”
Reuters has spoken to residents of formerly occupied areas of the Kherson region in recent days who have described killings and civilian abductions, but has not independently verified such reports.
Russia denies that its troops deliberately targeted civilians or committed atrocities in the occupied territories. Kiev has accused Moscow of finding mass graves in several parts of Ukraine previously occupied by Russian troops, including some civilian bodies showing signs of torture.
Reporting by David Ljjungren, Jonathan Lande, Gleb Garanich, Pavel Polityuk and Ron Popeski; By Michael Perry and Philippa Fletcher; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Peter Graf
Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
“Total coffee maven. Extreme web geek. Award-winning explorer. Travel aficionado.”