Beautiful scenes of joy from Cherson: after more than eight months of war, Ukrainians have been able to return to the liberated city by train. They were welcomed by family and friends with flowers and flags. A party, for the first time in a long time.
“Words are not enough.” Hrhorii Vyrtosa, a 67-year-old construction worker, got off the train in Kherson on Saturday. For the first time since the Russians invaded Ukraine on February 24 and he fled. “Long live Ukraine”, he shouted, clearly emotional. And he was not alone in that.
Many compatriots finally arrived back in the city that was liberated on November 11. Hundreds of people cheered as the train arrived and embraced their returning loved ones. “This is a symbol of freedom. Sheer luck,” said Maria Matsenko (66), proudly posing with the Ukrainian flag.
The train, nicknamed “Train to Victory”, was painted by numerous artists. After the arrival there was another party, with singers and harmony singing. Tickets for it were on sale, with the proceeds going to a crowdfunding effort by President Zelensky and the Ukrainian Railways. The train also goes to Mariupol.