After announcing its withdrawal from Kherson two weeks ago, at least four people were killed and 10 wounded Thursday in Russian bombing of the city Kherson in southern Ukraineaccording to the city’s governor.
A fire breaks out in a building
Yaroslav Yanushevich, who heads the military administration in Kherson, wrote on Telegram that “the Russians fired on a residential neighborhood with rocket launchers… a large building caught fire.”
The bombing coincides with the Ukrainian authorities beginning to remove and tear up posters expressing support for Russia, the benefits of obtaining Russian passports and pensions.
These signs were replaced by other banners with slogans such as “Kherson… the city of heroes” and “Citizens, you are free”, printed on a yellow background.
The start of the voluntary evacuation of the population of Kherson and the strengthening of defenses
The Russian forces had flooded the city with posters during the period of control over it, which lasted 9 months.
Some banners bore the slogan “The future is with Russia”.
The first city fell
It is noteworthy that the withdrawal of the Russians from Kherson constituted a major setback for the Russian army, especially as it is the first major Ukrainian city to fall into its hands since the outbreak of the conflict on February 24.
It also constitutes, along with Donetsk, Luhansk, and Zaporizhia, the four regions that the Kremlin announced in late September (2022) to annex.
Also, its geographical location is of particular importance, as the region is located on the borders of the Dnipro, Petrovsk and Nikolaev regions, and has land borders with Crimea in the south, while it overlooks the Black Sea in the southwest, and in the southeast the Sea of Azov.