Ukrainian Troops Clear Buildings Abandoned by Russian Forces in Kherson

Ukrainian soldiers in the recaptured city of Kherson were raising Ukrainian flags and clearing buildings abandoned by Russian forces after their withdrawal from the city in November.

In footage posted on Monday, November 14, by Ukrainian Witness, a group of Ukrainian media professionals documenting the war, Ukrainian service-members are shown inspecting a factory that had been occupied by Russian troops. Inside, a soldier is seen picking up a watermelon – a symbol of Kherson Oblast, which is known for its rich farmland – and brings it outside.

The Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed the retreat of its armed forces in the city and nearby areas on Friday, November 11.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the city on Monday. Credit: Ukrainian Witness via Storyful