Tears of joy as Kherson villagers greet reporters

STORY: “We have been waiting for you, guys, for so long,” said one of the villagers coming to hug the reporters.

Russia said it had withdrawn 30,000 troops across the Dnipro River without losing a single soldier. But Ukrainians painted a picture of a chaotic retreat, with Russian troops ditching their uniforms, dropping weapons and drowning while trying to flee.

The withdrawal marked the third major Russian retreat of the war and the first to involve yielding such a large occupied city (Kherson) in the face of a major Ukrainian counter-offensive that has retaken parts of the east and south.