Russia has destroyed “all crucial infrastructure” in the city of Kherson recaptured from Moscow forces last week by the Ukrainian army, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday evening.
“Before the winter, the Russian occupiers destroyed absolutely all critical infrastructure,” Zelensky said in his daily address, after visiting the city of Kherson on Monday. “Absolutely all important facilities in the city and region are mined,” he added.
“There is no electricity, no communication, no internet, no television” in Kherson, continued the Ukrainian president, declaring that “the occupiers destroyed everything themselves intentionally”.
“That’s what the Russian flag means – utter devastation,” Mr Zelensky added, promising a return to normal life.
Ukrainian national operator Ukrenergo has reported that Russia has destroyed key energy infrastructure that supplies the entire right bank of the Kherson region and a significant part of the Mykolaiv region.
“Most of the liberated region of Kherson has been without electricity since November 6,” said Ukrenergo boss Volodymyr Kudrytskyi. “We are doing our best to get people to power as quickly as possible.”
The reconquest of the city of Kherson (south), the only regional capital of which the troops of Moscow had been able to take control, dealt a significant blow to the offensive of Vladimir Putin.
During a visit to Kherson on Monday, Mr Zelensky said the liberation of the city is “the beginning of the end of the war”.