Wednesday, 7 December, 2022

Celebrations in Ukraine after 'extraordinary victory' in Kherson

Ukraine thankful for US support - foreign minister
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who has met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the Asean summit in Cambodia, says there were "very few who believed that Ukraine would survive" and reiterated Ukraine's gratitude for US support.

"This is coming, and our victory will be our joint victory - a victory of all peace-loving nations across the world," he added.

In turn, Blinken hailed the "remarkable courage" of Ukraine's military and people and vowed US support would "continue for as long as it takes" to defeat Russia, the AFP news agency reports.

Great victory, but war not over - ex-Ukrainian security chief

The former head of Ukraine’s National Security Council, Oleksandr Danylyuk, has told the BBC what the recapture of Kherson means to his fellow Ukrainians.

“It’s almost like a national holiday, everyone is cheering, congratulating each other," he said.

“So it’s a great victory, but we understand the war is not over.”

Danylyuk believes Russian forces will “go into deep defence on the left bank [of the Dnipro river]… and it will put them [at an] advantageous position”.

He says the next months will be more difficult, but adds that when it comes to motivation amongst Ukrainian troops: “We are prevailing.”