Latest from Russia’s war on Ukraine: Kherson catches up after recapture

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Russian forces destroyed key infrastructure in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson before fleeing, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday, as his Russian and Iranian counterparts pledged to deepen economic ties, political and commercial.


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* Residents of Kherson held flowers and kissed Ukrainian soldiers moving on the right bank of the Dnipro River on Saturday after Russia’s magnificent retreat.

* Britain said on Saturday that Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson, Ukraine’s only regional capital it had captured since its invasion in February, was a further humiliation for its military, but that Moscow continued to represent a threatens.

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* “It’s just hell there – there are extremely fierce battles there every day,” Zelenskiy said in a video address Saturday from the eastern Donetsk region. “But our units defend themselves courageously – they resist the terrible pressure of the invaders, preserving our lines of defense.”


* Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi stressed “strengthening cooperation in political, trade and economic spheres, including the transport and logistics sector” in a phone call, said on Saturday the Kremlin.

* Ukraine will decide the timing and content of any framework for negotiations with Russia, according to a report of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Phnom Penh on Saturday.

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* Turkey is committed to seeking a peace dialogue between Russia and Ukraine, Turkish media said on Saturday quoting President Tayyip Erdogan, accusing the United States and other Western countries of provoking Moscow.


* Russia said on Saturday there was no agreement yet to extend a deal allowing Ukraine to export grain through the Black Sea, reiterating its insistence on unhindered access to world markets for its own food and fertilizer exports.


* Famous graffiti artist Banksy unveiled a work in the Ukrainian town of Borodyanka, which had been occupied by Russia until April and heavily damaged by fighting in the early days of the invasion of Moscow. (Compiled by William Mallard and Frances Kerry)


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