Crowds cheer Ukrainian troops entering Kherson
Люди зустрічають визволителів обіймами, жовто-синіми прапорами та українськими піснями (Photo:Collage NV)
After having spent eight months under Russian occupation, Kherson residents took to the streets to greet and cheer the Armed Forces of Ukraine entering the liberated city on Nov. 11.
Carrying Ukrainian flags, locals poured outside en masse to meet their liberators.
Social media are awash with footage of Ukrainians expressing heartfelt gratitude to their true liberators.
People were hugging soldiers, helping them hoist Ukrainian flags atop city landmarks, and singing songs of joy.
Soldiers were treated to a similarly warm welcome from the residents of nearby settlements in Kherson Oblast.
Someone plays the national anthem for them on the violin, someone else hands over stolen Russian weapons, and others are rushing to rid their towns of the symbols of Russian occupation.
On Nov. 11, Russian Defense Ministry reported complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the western bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast.
Meanwhile, local residents posted photos of stranded Russian soldiers who change into civilian clothes in an attempt to blend in with the crowds and avoid getting captured by Ukrainian forces.
In Donbas, Russian units, made up of mostly recently conscripted men, are suffering debilitating losses near Svatove, Luhansk Oblast, leading to growing public discontent in Russia.
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