VIDEO Ukrainians in Kherson cry with joy as they see the city’s first journalist captured by Kyiv troops

Sky News’ British correspondent Alex Rossi was greeted by tearful Kherson residents thanking him and shaking his hand, mistaking him for a Ukrainian soldier.

A man holding the Ukrainian flag celebrates the liberation of the city of KhersonPhoto: Genya SAVILOV / AFP / Profimedia

Sky News’ British correspondent Alex Rossi appears to be the first journalist to reach the town recaptured by the Ukrainian army after the Russians withdrew.

Several teary-eyed Ukrainians waving flags in the outskirts of Kherson thanked the reporter, who was wearing a helmet, body armor and khaki military uniform.

People were very happy to see him, hugged him and thanked him endlessly. After the reporter told them he was from British TV, locals were equally excited, especially since the UK has helped Kyiv a lot and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson is well-liked by Ukrainians .

For Russia, the liberation of Kherson marked its worst battlefield defeat, after the Russian Defense Ministry said Moscow had withdrawn about 30,000 troops.

The withdrawal comes six weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the “annexation” of Kherson and three other regions at a large-scale ceremony in Moscow.

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