Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Kherson, the southern city which it recaptured from Russia recently, on Monday. President Zelenskyy on his visit blamed Russian forces of committing war crimes even when they decided to leave the place.
While thanking allies like NATO and others for supporting it against Russia, Zelenskyy addressed Ukrainian troops and said, “We are moving forward. We are ready for peace, peace for all our country.”
Kherson residents welcomed the Ukrainian troops happily on Friday after Russia left the only regional capital it had captured since it launched its invasion.
Zelenskyy claimed in an overnight address that more than 400 war crimes committed by the Russians during their eight-month occupation had already been documented by investigators.
He said, “Bodies of dead civilians and servicemen have been found.” “The Russian army left behind the same savagery it did in other regions of the country it entered,” he added.
Residents of the formerly occupied parts of Kherson city have talked about killings and civilian hostages.
Russia denies that its soldiers have targeted civilians on purpose or carried out atrocities in seized territories. In various other regions of Ukraine that were formerly held by Russian soldiers, mass graves have been discovered. Some of these graves contained dead civilians that had evidence of torture, which Ukraine attributes to Russia.