STORY: Russian forces fled Kherson last week in their third major retreat since invading Ukraine in February, and the first time they have abandoned such a large city.
Zelenskiy addressed troops in front of the administration building in the main square, where residents had also turned out, some with children, some waving Ukrainian flags or draped in them.
He then commemorated fallen soldiers and watched Ukrainian flag being raised over the administration building.
Kherson was one of four provinces that Russian President Vladimir Putin declared annexed last month and said would be part of Russia forever. The loss of the regional capital is a major psychological and strategic blow for Moscow.