Kyiv [Ukraine]: Today the Russian withdrawal from the city of Kherson was complete.
The development was confirmed by the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,
He said, “Our people. Ours. Kherson. Today is a historic day. We are taking back Kherson,” DW news agency quoted what Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram.
He informed that special units of the armed forces are inside Kherson and other Ukrainian troops were also approaching the city from the outskirts.
“The people of Kherson have been waiting. They never gave up on Ukraine. It will be the same in the cities still waiting for us to take them back,” Zelenskyy added later in a video address quoted by DW news agency.
Only a few days earlier, US had pleaded another USD 400 Million military assistance to Ukraine.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Zelenskyy had thanked US President Joe Biden and the people of the US for once again “showing solidarity” for Ukraine.
He stated that the assistance package includes Avenger air defence systems and missiles for Hawk air defence systems.
Zelenskyy tweeted, “Thank you @POTUS & friendly US people for showing solidarity once again – an aid package including Avenger air defence systems & missiles for Hawk air defence systems. Together we’re building an air shield to protect Ukrainian civilians. We’re bringing victory over the aggressor closer!”
Notably, the US has been providing military assistance to Ukraine ever since Russia began its offensive.
The USD 400 million assistance is the 25th drawdown of US arms and equipment for Ukraine since 2021.
Blinken noted that the drawdown would take the total US military assistance for Ukraine to approximately USD 19.3 billion since the beginning of the administration.
He stressed that the US will continue supporting Ukraine with more than 40 allies and partners.
Amid the ongoing war, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a Facebook post on November 11 said that 12 settlements have been liberated in the Kherson region.
The regions liberated by Ukrainian forces include Dudchany, Pyatykhatky, Borozenske, Sadok, Bezvodne, Ishchenka, Kostromka, Krasnolyubetsk, Kalinivske, Bobrovy Kut, Bezimenne and Blagodatne.