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Ukrainians tied to lampposts for ‘collaborating with Russians’

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Local residents look at two alleged collaborators tied by the hands to pillars in Kherson, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. Residents of Kherson celebrated the end of Russia???s eight-month occupation for the third straight day Sunday, even as they took stock of the extensive damage left behind in the southern Ukrainian city by the Kremlin???s retreating forces. (AP Photo/LIBKOS)
Two alleged collaborators are tied by their hands to lampposts in Kherson (Picture: AP)

Ukrainian men accused of collaborating with Russian soldiers have been tied to lampposts in the recaptured city of Kherson.

Zelensky’s troops swept through the southern city last week, ending Putin’s eight-month occupation and dealing his war effort a crushing blow.

Many collaborators have already fled, but these two suspects were handcuffed and left at the mercy of angry residents as they awaited their fate. 

In his nightly address, Zelensky spoke about the ‘neutralisation of saboteurs’ after Ukrainian police called on locals to weed out traitors.

He accused Russian forces of committing ‘atrocities’ in Kherson and revealed his investigators have already documented 400 war crimes.

‘The bodies of both civilians and military personnel have been found,’ he added.

Russian soldiers, left behind when their military commanders abandoned the city, were being detained.

Zelensky also urged people to be alert for booby traps, saying: ‘Please, do not forget that the situation in the Kherson region is still very dangerous.

Villagers near Kherson greet Ukrainian soldiers with hugs and kisses

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Celestino Arce Lavin/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock (13617317a) Women walk under a destroyed building after fighting between Ukrainian and Russian armies in Arkhanhelske, a recent liberated village after the Russian occupantion in Kherson province. Russia's military said Wednesday it's withdrawing from the only Ukrainian regional capital it's captured Kherson. Russia Announces Withdrawing Troops From Kherson, Arkhanhelske, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine - 09 Nov 2022
The battle for Kherson obliterated infrasture and buildings (Picture: Zuma Press/Shutterstock)
A Kherson resident kisses a Ukrainian soldier in central Kherson, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. The Russian retreat from Kherson marked a triumphant milestone in Ukraine's pushback against Moscow's invasion almost nine months ago. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A man kisses a Ukrainian soldier in Kherson after its liberation (Picture: AP)
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Tearful women in Kherson hug each other after the retreat of Russian soldiers (Picture: AFP)

‘First of all, there are mines. Unfortunately, one of our sappers was killed, and four others were injured while clearing mines.’

The liberation of Kherson has exposed a humanitarian emergency, with residents living without power and water and a critical shortage of food and medicine.

But Zelensky promised essential services would be restored, adding: ‘We are doing everything to restore normal technical capabilities for electricity and water supply as soon as possible.

‘We will bring back transport and post. Let’s bring back an ambulance and normal medicine. Of course, the restoration of the work of authorities, the police, and some private companies are already beginning.’

TOPSHOT - A woman hugs a Ukrainian soldier as local residents celebrate the liberation of their town in Kherson, on November 13, 2022, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. - Ukrainians in the liberated southern city of Kherson expressed a sense of relief on November 11, 2022, after months of Russian occupation. There were no scenes of jubilation on November 13, 2022, an AFP correspondent said, but many locals said they felt a great sense of relief after Kyiv had wrested back control of the city. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman hugs a Ukrainian soldier as residents celebrate the liberation of Kherson on the streets (Picture: AFP)
A local resident removes the Russian flag from a billboard in central Kherson, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. The Russian retreat from Kherson marked a triumphant milestone in Ukraine's pushback against Moscow's invasion almost nine months ago. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A man tears down the Russian flag from a billboard in Kherson (Picture: AP)

Residents said departing Russian troops had plundered the city, carting away loot as they withdrew.

They also wrecked key infrastructure before retreating across the Dnieper River to its east bank.

One Ukrainian official described the situation in Kherson as ‘a humanitarian catastrophe’.

Ukrainian men accused of collaborating with Russian soldiers have been tied to lampposts in the recaptured city of Kherson.

Zelensky’s troops swept through the southern city last week, ending Putin’s eight-month occupation and dealing his war effort a crushing blow.

Many collaborators have already fled, but these two suspects were handcuffed and left at the mercy of angry residents as they awaited their fate. 

In his nightly address, Zelensky spoke about the ‘neutralisation of saboteurs’ after Ukrainian police called on locals to weed out traitors.

He accused Russian forces of committing ‘atrocities’ in Kherson and revealed his investigators have already documented 400 war crimes.

‘The bodies of both civilians and military personnel have been found,’ he added.

Russian soldiers, left behind when their military commanders abandoned the city, were being detained.

Zelensky also urged people to be alert for booby traps, saying: ‘Please, do not forget that the situation in the Kherson region is still very dangerous.

‘First of all, there are mines. Unfortunately, one of our sappers was killed, and four others were injured while clearing mines.’

The liberation of Kherson has exposed a humanitarian emergency, with residents living without power and water and a critical shortage of food and medicine.

But Zelensky promised essential services would be restored, adding: ‘We are doing everything to restore normal technical capabilities for electricity and water supply as soon as possible.

‘We will bring back transport and post. Let’s bring back an ambulance and normal medicine. Of course, the restoration of the work of authorities, the police, and some private companies are already beginning.’

Zelensky says Russia committed over 400 war crimes in Kherson region

Residents said departing Russian troops had plundered the city, carting away loot as they withdrew.

They also wrecked key infrastructure before retreating across the Dnieper River to its east bank.

One Ukrainian official described the situation in Kherson as ‘a humanitarian catastrophe’.

– metro.co.uk

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