Ukraine update: Kherson is liberated

Ukraine update: Kherson is liberated


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 8:12:34 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Here’s a highlight for the captured equipment reel. 

“Some capture tanks – but we focus more on helicopters!” Hey, @MoD_Russia! You forgot something! #RussianArmy #RussiaIsLosing pic.twitter.com/3UBPryTc98

— olexander scherba🇺🇦 (@olex_scherba) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 8:02:42 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Quick note: I’m off next week. I’ll be doing a Ukraine update tomorrow, and then won’t see you for a bit. Thanks for reading, and I’m ecstatic that this happened “on my shift.”


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 8:00:47 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

This might be the most based thing you’ll see on the internet today — the Ukrainian supermarket chain АТБ is already bringing food to freshly-liberated Kherson. https://t.co/qnMMpZsT4T

— Oleksandra Povoroznyk 🇺🇦 (@rynkrynk) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 6:56:11 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Confirmed liberation of Vesele and Kozatske, where are right at the western end of the Kakhovka bridge. Russia has completely taken out a span of that bridge, just as they did with the bridge at Kherson.


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 6:13:08 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Note the people taking pictures of these things. They’ll be great curiosities to show the kids when they talk about how they beat “the second greatest army in the world.”

Russia: Consider this the final vote in your “referendum.”

The Kherson is Russia banners are coming down pic.twitter.com/cV8XXxsK98

— Samuel Ramani (@SamRamani2) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 5:22:25 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

President Zelenskyy has officially announced the liberation of Kherson. The largest city and the only regional capital captured by Russian forces, is free.


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 5:20:06 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

More Kherson video. Because it is not possible to have too much. 

This is how the Ukrainian army was greeted when entering Kherson City. Moments like this happened very rarely in history. Nobody will ever forget this. #Kherson #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/7Nbim8MHX9

— (((Tendar))) (@Tendar) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 4:48:02 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

The Ukrainian military was finally stopped … by thousands of celebrating people who wouldn’t let them get past without a hug. 

Kherson is so celebratory today, it brings tears to one’s eyes! The city is so beautiful in blue and yellow colors. People’s smiles light everything up! pic.twitter.com/7F6i0foeaS

— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 4:21:54 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Night has fallen over a liberated Kherson. 

The emotions of people of Kherson will not subside even in the evening pic.twitter.com/h3h0IuQlCL

— ТРУХА⚡️English (@TpyxaNews) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 3:59:52 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Consider this the last map of the Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson. Yes, there are still cities and towns whose liberation has not been verified (seen here in yellow). But they will be verified, likely within the next few hours. It’s liberated. It’s all liberated.

The last map of the counteroffensive west of the Dnipro River. Suitable for framing.

All those names that have come to mean so much over the last nine months — the prolonged fight to crack the Russian stronghold at Vysokopillya, the bridgehead south of Davydiv Brid, the back and forth at the southern end of the area, the constant battle to break through on the highways west of Kherson city, and the day to day bravery of those living under the occupation … all of that is in the history books now. And if you feel a need to express joy, anger, and sadness, just like the Ukrainians appearing in the liberation videos, that’s understandable.

The next time we pick up the mapping of Ukraine’s advance, it will be on the other bank of the river.


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 3:05:15 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

And yes, we knew this was coming. There is no way that this glorious day won’t be tainted by the evidence that will rapidly come out of what’s happened in Kherson and all over the oblast. Now that Beryslav has been liberated, there are expected to be true horrors emerging from the “filtration camp” that Russian forces established there. 

In so many of the videos coming out, you can see that moment when people go from undeniable joy at the approach of Ukrainian forces, to breaking down as they release everything they’ve been holding in over the last nine months. All of this, the joy and the sadness, and the horror, and the relief … it’s all part of this day. And the evidence of what Russia has done in Kherson will only show how vitally important it is that they quickly be removed from all other areas of Ukraine.

Evidence of war crimes are already emerging in recently liberated areas of #Kherson. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General sent a team of investigator to the Beryslav district, where the bodies of at least three civilians with skull fractures were found in a cellar. pic.twitter.com/km8hTAPgiR

— Michael A. Horowitz (@michaelh992) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 2:40:06 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

The sheer joy that people in Kherson are feeling today shines through in so many of these videos.

Remember the giant flag that was present the first days of the occupation in #Kherson? It is back. Spring flashbacks. WOW!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Z4n9Jb5kHz

— NOËL 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@NOELreports) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 2:29:59 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Beryslav is liberated. That’s it. That’s the last place I know of where Russian forces were still fighting on the west bank. It’s done.


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 2:28:31 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

This is how I can see my aunt from Kherson region for the first time in 9 months – in a video hugging a Ukrainian soldier. She even doesn’t know to have become an internet star 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/xaKBRXeoi7

— Iuliia Mendel (@IuliiaMendel) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 2:24:31 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

And of course, it’s not just Kherson. Expect more joyous videos from other locations today. I’m still waiting on better information for what’s happening around Beryslav, where fighting was reported overnight.

Tyahynka has been liberated. #Kherson #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/fyAPg0TC3d

— (((Tendar))) (@Tendar) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 2:10:23 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

How it started vs how it ended 03 March 2022 – 11 November 2022 pic.twitter.com/o4vlqgQx4J

— Special Kherson Cat 🐈🇺🇦 (@bayraktar_1love) November 11, 2022


UPDATE: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 · 2:09:04 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Not sure I can embed a Facebook video, but this one from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is worth a clickthrough. Then, for your own mental health’s sake, close the tab before Facebook starts the cavalcade of unrelated nonsense.

The 11th of November already has a storied place in the history of warfare. But this morning the people of Kherson, and the entering troops of Ukraine, didn’t bother waiting for the 11th minute of the 11th hour. They just got right down to celebrating.

Liberation 🙏🇺🇦🥰🥰 pic.twitter.com/eGhYQU9sze

— NOËL 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@NOELreports) November 11, 2022

These soldiers are actually members of the Kherson police who joined the military to help free their city.

📽️🇺🇦 Ukrainian forces at the police station in #Kherson city.#UkraineRussiaWar pic.twitter.com/zxGC2JkPWU

— MilitaryLand.net (@Militarylandnet) November 11, 2022

At this hour, locals have already raised the Ukrainian flag at the city center and are waiting for those troops who are marching into the city.

People in Kherson wave Ukrainian flags and shout “Glory to Ukraine!” as they wait for Ukrainian forces to enter the city. As of Nov. 11, Russian forces have completely withdrawn from the west bank of the Dnipro River where the city of Kherson sits, said Russia’s DM. pic.twitter.com/iu0kUGfMg5

— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) November 11, 2022

There are still small numbers of Russian troops wandering, apparently to no purpose, along the waterfront and clustered near the shattered bridge. There is also confirmation that some Russian troops shed their uniforms and put on civilian clothing. None of that seems to matter right now.

Флаг над ОДА Херсона pic.twitter.com/EjQEMt3h5X

— Игорь Пачковский (@Q0MT6pFmbVqynsM) November 11, 2022

The liberation of Kherson is going to continue throughout this day, and likely into tomorrow. The cleanup of remaining Russian forces west of the Dnipro, and the catalog of captured Russian equipment, will be carrying on for many days, if not weeks, after that. Overnight, Russian media came out with a staged video claiming that all Russian forces had been safely removed from Kherson.

Russian media publishes a video of the night withdrawal of Russian troops to the left bank of the Dnipro river. It is said that “the last units left the right bank”. pic.twitter.com/FOtHyukQYG

— NOËL 🇪🇺 🇺🇦 (@NOELreports) November 11, 2022

On the other hand, there were maps purporting to be locations of Russian cell phones that painted a somewhat different picture. 

Russia might want to toss a net across the mouth of the Dnipro if they want to pick up some of those guys as they flow down the river. BTW, water temperatures near Kherson are about 10°C (50°F). 

But really, this morning isn’t about what happened to those Russian forces. It’s all about the victory of Ukrainian forces, and that victory is special in so many ways. As the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense made sure to point out this morning, their forces are not walking into a ruin. They’re not reaching a city center pulverized into rubble the way that Russia did when they captured Mariupol or so many other locations.

Kherson is largely intact. Tens of thousands of citizens remain there, cheering on the approaching Ukrainian force. That’s because Ukraine fought the battle of Kherson in a smart way, choking off Russian supply routes, keeping up pressure to force Russian troops to expend their ammo and strain their equipment, bringing things to the point where Russia had no choice but to leave the city.

There are, of course, concerns this morning. Russia could be waiting until both troops and civilians are massed in celebration before firing artillery from across the river. The possibility that Russia might choose this moment to toss a missile, or drop a bomb, in the city that Vladimir Putin claimed was “forever Russia” remains real. There’s no doubt that Ukrainian troops will not be packing into that central plaza all at once, the way so many of them would love to do.

But this is a helluva great day, one that Ukraine has worked carefully, over a period of many months, to achieve. It’s a great victory. And a huge, huge defeat for Russia.

The liberation of Kherson is not yet official. But expect that announcement to come at any hour, and expect that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is anxious to pay a visit.

As I’ve been writing, Ukrainian troops have reached the central square. And that thing I said about people being afraid to mass together? Forget it.

Kherson resident chanting “Glory to ZSU (Ukrainian army – Ed)” on the Freedom Square. 📹via @RoksolanaKrim pic.twitter.com/7rF9FL2A8a

— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) November 11, 2022

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