Zelensky Hails 'Historic Day' as Ukrainian Troops Enter Kherson

Ukraine’s troops entered the southern city of Kherson on Friday, November 11, after Russian troops completed their withdrawal from the regional capital.

“Today is a historic day,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video message, congratulating troops on regaining control of the city that had been seized by Russian forces in March.

Zelensky said streets and buildings were being cleared of Russian symbols, and thanked the people of Kherson for keeping their Ukrainian flags despite threats from occupying forces.

Footage from the city showed a jubilant crowd welcoming Ukrainian soldiers into central Kherson on Friday, waving Ukrainian flags and chanting “Slava ZSU,” or “glory to the Ukrainian armed forces,” and just “ZSU,” an acronym for the military, at soldiers in cars. Credit: Volodymyr Zelensky via Storyful