Ukrainian military convoy spotted outside Kherson as Vladimir Putin prepares to lose | World | New
Ukraine is making slow progress in the southern Kherson region as it continues to push back Russian forces. A video has now emerged showing a long Ukrainian military convoy near the city of Kherson, which remains the only city Russia continues to occupy. It comes amid conflicting reports over whether Russia will withdraw from the city of Kherson or retain the city – the largest urban area under Russian control – at all costs.
The loss of Kherson would mark one of the biggest blows to Vladimir Putin‘s war campaign.
Beyond a symbolic victory for Ukraine, Kherson is also an important industrial city with, in particular, a major port on the Black Sea.
Kherson also serves as a key link in the shipment of grain and petroleum products to the rest of the world.
Appearing to accept the progress of the battle for Kherson, President Putin publicly approved the evacuation of civilians still living in the province annexed to Russia.
At least 70,000 people are said to have already been displaced from Kherson.
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Blue Sauron, an account that monitors the conflict in Ukraine, shared a video of the convoy and tweeted: “Ukrainian DShV breakpoint, Kherson Oblast”.
The mass of troops and military vehicles stunned viewers on social media.
Many commented on the fact that they did not seem to fear Russian air power taking their position.
@PaulMBigland tweeted: “That says a lot about the lack of Russian airpower…”
@matmatj82 added: “It’s interesting that they’re so confident in their control of the battlespace that they’re happy to stay trained in the open.”