Ukrainian soldiers began entering Kherson on Friday after a Russian retreat from the strategic city, in a significant win for Ukraine.
“Today is a historic day. We are taking back Kherson,” the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address.
He said the military’s special units were already in the city and more troops were on their way.
Ukraine’s recapture of the key southern city marked a major setback for Russia, just six weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin illegally declared the broader Kherson region and three other territories were being incorporated into the Russian Federation.
Kherson city was the only regional capital seized by Russia since it launched its large-scale invasion in February.