Cheering crowds gathered on Saturday, November 19, to greet the first train to arrive in Kherson from Kyiv since Russian troops left the city.
On November 17, Ukraine Railways announced services to the eastern city would resume for the first time since the Russian invasion. A train left Kyiv the following day and arrived in Kherson on November 19.
Video from Ukraine’s public broadcaster Suspilne shows the train arriving at Kherson’s main station as people waving national flags gathered to watch on platforms and a pedestrian bridge. Chants of “Slava Ukraini!” (Glory to Ukraine) can be heard.
A delegation of the European Commission, led by its Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, attended the launch ceremony in Kyiv the night before.
A concert was held at the Central Railway Station as part of the event, local news outlet Vechirny Kyiv reported. Around 200 passengers boarded the train, among them Minister of Culture and Information Policy, Oleksandr Tkachenko, the report added.
Ukraine Railways launched the service called “Train to Victory” on November 13. Credit: Suspilne Kherson via Storyful