Clenched fists, slit throat! The atmosphere was like this after the return of Russian soldiers, saw each other’s face after months2 min read
When Russia invaded in February, many families were torn apart.
Now many people are seeing each other for the first time in many months.
Russian troops have retreated in Kherson.
Kherson. Relatives were hugging each other in the middle of the road. During this his fists were clenched and his throat was choked. Everyone was trying to hold back their tears. Everyone was longing for this moment. It was a chance to be reunited with loved ones after Russian troops withdrew from their villages in southern Ukraine. Some people started shouting outside their homes during this time.
According to news agency AP, when Russia invaded in February, many families were broken. Because some ran away leaving the village and others were hiding somewhere. Now many people are seeing each other for the first time in many months. This has happened when the Russian troops have retreated. Moscow has retreated to Kherson, Mykolaiv and the Black Sea amid a Ukrainian counteroffensive. The most important return is from the city of Kherson itself.
After the recent withdrawal of Russian troops, some Ukrainian soldiers also returned from nearby villages. The Associated Press visited four such villages this week and saw people reunited with relatives. Andrey Mazuric said it was just an explosion. Andrey, 53, left his mother in April in their village of Tsentralne and fled some 30 kilometers (18 miles) away. His mother did not want to leave him, but Mazuryk had a son in the Ukrainian army and was worried that the Russians would kill him. He said that even though the occupation troops confiscated people’s phones, Mazuric managed to speak to his mother and other relatives almost daily because he used to call secretly.
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According to local officials, more than half a million people have fled the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions since February. Although the exact number is difficult to calculate. It is not clear at the moment how many of them have returned. While others like Mazuric had only a short distance to travel to return home.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 15, 2022, 14:09 IST