For 9 long months, war has been raging on eastern end of Europe.
We have no one to thank for this other than Russian President Vladimir Putin, who cruelly and illegally invaded the sovereign nation of Ukraine on a whim, suggesting at first that he was “de-nazifying” the nation, and then using all manner of further excuses to keep the operation going.
Now, however, as a territory that was “annexed” by Russia just weeks ago falls back under Ukrainian control, the liberators are beginning to believe that Russia’s surrender is inevitable.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy triumphantly walked the streets of the newly liberated city of Kherson on Monday, hailing Russia’s withdrawal as the “beginning of the end of the war,” but also acknowledging the heavy price Ukrainian troops are paying in their grinding effort to push back the invaders.
The retaking of Kherson was one of Ukraine’s biggest successes in the nearly 9-month-old war, dealing another stinging blow to the Kremlin. It could serve as a springboard for more advances into occupied territory.
Zelenskyy did not hold back.
In Kherson, Zelenskyy awarded medals to soldiers and posed with them for selfies while striking a defiant note.Advertisement - story continues below
“This is the beginning of the end of the war,” he said. “We are step by step coming to all the temporarily occupied territories.”
But he also grimly noted that the fighting “took the best heroes of our country.”
Russia’s troop morale has been abysmal in recent weeks, with reports of soldiers simply throwing down their rifles and running for their own border, or surrendering to Ukraine via a white flag on the end of their tank cannon.