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Heaven to hell: Ukraine liberated Kherson, now it's under Russian attack

  • Published on Mar 29, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Kherson was liberated from Russian occupation in November 2022 by Ukrainian forces, sparking ecstatic scenes in the main square.
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    But with Russian troops retreating just over the Dniepro river, joy has quickly turned to nightmare, with the city suffering daily bombardment by mortars, missiles and even tank shells. Simply surviving each day has become a matter of luck and many civilians have fled.
    The Guardian's Luke Harding and Christopher Cherry speak to remaining residents to find out what life is like among the awful booms of artillery fire, and why they have chosen to stay.
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Comments • 0

  • jagga-jagga
    jagga-jagga 6 months ago +224

    Vasili is a true man. He did not persecute his friend on the phone. He asked what he wanted, mainly to be coy of course, but then wished his friend well regardless of the situation and his lack of response.
    Nice report.

    • Jere Kuusrainen
      Jere Kuusrainen 6 months ago +3

      So you think that call was a nice birthday present? As if Shura could know where Ukrainian soldiers are hiding in Kherson area...

    • xia en Gao
      xia en Gao 6 months ago

      I could never do that. It would become lifelong hatred.

    • Bob Trajkoski
      Bob Trajkoski 5 months ago

      It's a lie

    • William Young
      William Young 5 months ago +4

      Surreal call. Why should that Russian's birthday be joyous when his country is wrecking misery upon their neighbors and former friends?

  • Effie Greenland
    Effie Greenland 5 months ago +32

    Your city is not dying. It's just winter and we have no idea when spring will come. We pray for your safe passage. Slava 🇺🇦 🇺🇦

    • Не всем Свой
      Не всем Свой 5 months ago

      Spring comes when Russian troops return

    • Somnia:3
      Somnia:3 5 months ago +2

      @Не всем Свой return home :)

    • Philipp Schuster
      Philipp Schuster 4 months ago +1

      @Не всем Свой Wont return, most will die in ukraine.

    • MultiJejje
      MultiJejje 3 months ago

      @Не всем Свой orc you're getting wrecked

  • I’m died of cringe.
    I’m died of cringe. 6 months ago +87

    I want to express my condolences to all those who died in this war.
    Take care of your loved ones. ❤️
    Хочу выразить соболезнования всем погибшим в этой войне.
    Берегите своих близких.❤️

  • Silvia
    Silvia 6 months ago +55

    The horrible selfishness of Sura, the Russian "friend", who complains about his Ukrainian friend who is under constant shelling by Russians forgetting his birthday is really nauseating. He clearly does not deserve Vasilij as a friend. Such a kind-hearted man ❤

  • guydreamr
    guydreamr 3 months ago +1

    "War is war. But it should be on the battlefield." No truer words have ever been spoken.

  • Anderson
    Anderson 6 months ago +30

    Спасибо союзникам за помощь ❤️

    • Martin Rioux
      Martin Rioux 5 months ago +1

    • Lisa
      Lisa 5 months ago +1

      We are NOT going away 💙💛

  • person X
    person X 6 months ago +154

    Unfortunately that breakdown between Vitaly and Shura strikes me as all too common. It has amazed and appalled me over my life how people I considered close and trustworthy have proved the exact opposite when something happened that challenged their interests.
    “it is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” - Upton Sinclair.
    This is my all time favourite quote for a reason. It is bitterly disappointing but if you understand this fact the world makes an awful lot more sense.

    • Dave Ivonen
      Dave Ivonen 6 months ago +3

      It's been a long time since I've read Sinclair. That quote is quite appropriate.

    • Kopie
      Kopie 6 months ago +5

      I've learned of this when I was in the 3rd grade. Money controls the world.

    • ulf söderberg
      ulf söderberg 6 months ago

      Luke Harding had a conection with Julian Assange as you knowe. Look howe that played out.

  • Romiyo Sarvan
    Romiyo Sarvan 6 months ago +77

    0:25 No matter what happens in the war he has a heart of a child and strength of a lion 🦁 ❤️❤️❤️

    • Black Sky
      Black Sky 6 months ago +4

      Not at all

    • Lisa
      Lisa 5 months ago +2

      Yes he does 💙💛

  • J C
    J C 6 months ago +10

    Tragic and we need to support the courageous people of Ukraine.

  • Pedro Matos
    Pedro Matos 6 months ago +44

    Stay strong Ukraine in your fight for your freedom 🇺🇦🇵🇹💪🏼🇪🇺🇪🇺🇪🇺🇪🇺🇪🇺💛💙🇺🇲🇬🇧

  • Absolutely Disgraceful
    Absolutely Disgraceful 6 months ago +44

    Top notch journalism at its finest. Luke Harding is an absolute legend!

  • murrij
    murrij 6 months ago +50

    What a cool dude. Stuff blown to bits and he's concerned about others and hospitality. 12:12

  • gabriellejudd1
    gabriellejudd1 6 months ago +19

    Love & Grace to Kherson May Everyone Be Safe.

  • official_oscarlol
    official_oscarlol 5 months ago +1

    Rip to everyone who died in the war…

  • Doug Stern
    Doug Stern 6 months ago +12

    Excellent reporting. Wish there was a way for Russians to see this. There must be some people there with empathy.

    • Daniel Klark
      Daniel Klark 6 months ago +4

      They are told that it is Ukrainian artillery that is bombing Kherson.

    • Kristina Fresh
      Kristina Fresh 6 months ago +2

      They don't care. Realize this already

    • Tatyana N.
      Tatyana N. 5 months ago +5

      @Daniel Klark нет, нам так не говорят. Мы прекрасно понимаем, что раз там украинские войска, то войска РФ их обстреливает. Это логично. Логично и то, что Сумы, Бучу, Донецк, Горловку и другие города, где стояла или стоит армия России - обстреливает Украина. Ведь так? Глупо с этим спорить! Но почему тогда украинцы и Европа не говорят, что убивали своих же людей, а это сделали «орки»? Что за лицемерие?

  • Corinne M.
    Corinne M. 5 months ago +4

    Hoping your city is safe and peaceful again soon.

  • Vishaal Bhatnagar
    Vishaal Bhatnagar 6 months ago +71

    😢 So sorry for the innocent citizens and children of Ukraine. Russia must stop this mindless war at once.

    • I’m died of cringe.
      I’m died of cringe. 6 months ago +7

      The problem is that Russia does not want to end the war on Ukraine's terms, so there will most likely be a lot of innocent bloodshed on both sides.

    • Vishaal Bhatnagar
      Vishaal Bhatnagar 6 months ago +24

      @I’m died of cringe. Agree. Putin is a completely crazy, unrepentent madman (pardon my strong language).

    • I’m died of cringe.
      I’m died of cringe. 6 months ago +10

      @Vishaal Bhatnagar Putin is not crazy, he is a bad person who acts purely in his own interests, just like many other politicians in the world.
      That's all I'll write.
      All the best.

    • Hermógenes Lúcio Borali
      Hermógenes Lúcio Borali 6 months ago +22

      @Ridethebomb777 you dont negociate with a guy that took your lands and ask for more. Ukraine never saw prosperity with Russia. and when Ukraine decided to try with Europe they got invaded. This is an illegal war of agression

    • Ridethebomb777
      Ridethebomb777 6 months ago +10

      @Hermógenes Lúcio Borali So, what you are saying is that you condone Ukraine shelling its own people in the Donbas .... and that Russia should never have come to their aid .... is that right ??

  • Bernard mcmahon
    Bernard mcmahon 5 months ago +2

    Excellent presentation, excellent reporting, thanks. 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦Salford uk

  • Its only me
    Its only me 6 months ago +82

    RIP Little child.

  • Deo Contreras
    Deo Contreras 5 months ago +7

    Courageous Khersonians!✌️

  • Mike Woodmansey
    Mike Woodmansey 6 months ago +7

    So pleased to see the you reporting factual news, keep it up

  • Thomas D souza
    Thomas D souza 6 months ago +6

    My great selut for Ukraine heroes

  • Aryo Armansah
    Aryo Armansah 6 months ago +15

    Bravo ukraine ❤❤❤❤

  • Righteousbyfaith
    Righteousbyfaith 6 months ago +20

    How about we stop speculating and just ensure the freedom and the continuance of democracy in the world.
    Dear Kherson: ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🇺🇦💪

      PHIN CAMPBELL 6 months ago

      You say that like it's so simple! But what are you advocating? Just, us, the forces of freedom n democracy, stop ponderously deliberating, and get out there with the guns and defeat the bad people so the others can live happily ever after!?
      I don't disagree about the overarching vision. But you are urging a material action.
      Yet I'd suggest that carrying that from merely voicing the theme, onto fruition, it's a gap requiring more than just stating an idealised goal and then saying go...

  • Lucas Louzada
    Lucas Louzada 6 months ago +50

    The mongols taught imperial russians well in whatever concerns cruelty, mischief and cowardice…

    • cooked
      cooked 5 months ago +3

      The mongols? You mean modern history? The same is done by violent governments across the world. Mongolia has been relatively peaceful for centuries, compared to Russia, the US, Germany, Israel, Britain

  • Alex Bilous
    Alex Bilous 6 months ago +20

    The russians must be held responsible.

  • В'ячеслав Гордєєв

    thank you from Kharkiv for the report

  • Creations Unlimited
    Creations Unlimited 6 months ago +33

    My heart goes out to all Ukrainians fighting for their freedom from Russian imperialism, Putin and his USSR fantasies.

  • Sam
    Sam 6 months ago +7

    I'm a foreigner and my home Kherson been living there for 6 years now I'm in Poland

  • K
    K 6 months ago +7

    You're absolutely the best journalist on earth. Tanks for all your reports and the new book.❤❤❤

  • Danil bilousov
    Danil bilousov 6 months ago +13

    Яибы еще добавил, что и военные объекты в украине не являются какими-то "законными целями", Украина не на кого не нападала, мы обороняемся, и это наши защитники на нашей территории, такие же граждане Украины как и мирные люди.

    • S-jr Grаviтоshка
      S-jr Grаviтоshка 5 months ago +2

      Донбасс так же ни на кого не нападал. И ветераны на 9 мая спокойно ходили к мемориалам.
      А в Донецк каждый день идут прилеты по гражданским объектам. Просто потому что на украине много снарядов.

    • Vladislav Shulga
      Vladislav Shulga 5 months ago

      @S-jr Grаviтоshка конечно, так как донбасс это донецкий угольный бассейн, который считаеться донецкой, луганской и частьб днепропетровской области в то числе и часть ростовской области , донбасс по факту не является каким либо государством, что бы нападать на кого либо.
      И причем здесь ветераны ?

  • VV VV
    VV VV 6 months ago +43

    Can’t wait for this war to end. So many lives taken 😢

    • kupis1408
      kupis1408 6 months ago +2

      even syrian civil war that felt like happened just yesterday already celebrated its 12th anniversary last month

    • Diogo Rodrigues
      Diogo Rodrigues 5 months ago +1

      Ask Putin to leave his forces from Ukraine then.

    • Diogo Rodrigues
      Diogo Rodrigues 5 months ago +1

      ​@kupis1408Are you even comparing a civil war with a brutal invasion?

    • Не всем Свой
      Не всем Свой 5 months ago +2

      say thanks to british snobs and american hawks

  • Lars Hildebrandt
    Lars Hildebrandt 5 months ago +3

    What the Red Cross Supervisor said was brilliant....."...of course they know they are shelling hospitals and schools, they lived here for a number of months!" (not a direct quote but close enough). So either the Russian shelling is extremely bad, or they are committing war crimes....obviously the latter...
    Peace n Love.

    • Mitch Young
      Mitch Young 5 months ago

      Or, as has been shown many times on Telegram, the Ukrainian forces are garrisoning in such buildings.

  • Carlito Laborada
    Carlito Laborada 6 months ago +21

    Glory to Ukraine

  • J DMMG
    J DMMG 6 months ago +4

    My heart is with Ukraine and the Russian opposition.

    • Maria Russia
      Maria Russia 5 months ago +1

      Береги свое глупое сердце, ибо оно тебе хрень говорит

  • William Young
    William Young 5 months ago +1

    Thanks for the Closed Captioning, only in Russian, 'The Guardian' and 'Clip-Share' ('Google') Top notch work... >_

  • Lani
    Lani 6 months ago +3

    Everything was going so well, and then 200000 heavily armed Russian hove into sight

  • Stahlknecht
    Stahlknecht 5 months ago +1

    ❤ 🇺🇦 ❤

  • Nick Grazier
    Nick Grazier 5 months ago +1

    This video is just like scenes of the London blitz, except in the blitz films it was indiscriminate bombing but here all the houses are well spaced out and each house seams to have its fare share of the available shelling. It’s definitely targeted I can’t see any lines of craters of sticks of bombs from aircraft. This is almost proof of gentrification or more likely attempted genocide of Ukrainians from their own country.

    • S-jr Grаviтоshка
      S-jr Grаviтоshка 5 months ago +1

      Russia does not bomb civilians. There are attacks on strategic objects. Sometimes the Ukrainian air defense deflects the trajectory of the projectiles and then they fall into buildings. There are also cases when shells are deflected for another reason. If the Ukrainian government cared about people, it would have carried out the evacuation of civilians from the combat zone, as Russia did in Kherson.

  • Douglas Gray
    Douglas Gray 6 months ago +5

    If the Russians are just across the river and shelling Kherson daily, why have 1 or 2 HIMARS not been brought in to eliminate the threat? That’s easily within HIMARS range.

    • s H
      s H 6 months ago +6

      Because the missles are rare

      JOHN SMITH 6 months ago +1

      a massive response.

  • 1k20a
    1k20a 5 months ago

    The red cross does not leave the safety of the city center, ride around in expensive suvs, help is needed outside of the city but most importantly the red cross also helps out the Russian occupiers...

    • Sapphire Star
      Sapphire Star 4 months ago

      The Red Cross are supposed to be neutral in all wars. No matter what side a person is on, if someone needs medical attention, they are sworn to help.

    VWOЯR 5 months ago +1


  • Гигантозаврище

    The orcs took out all the furniture ... Well, they just rammed the truck, put the furniture there and took it away. XD

  • joel G.
    joel G. 5 months ago

    Vitaliy and Shura were friends before the war and hopefully remain friends.

  • carnifex
    carnifex 6 months ago +13

    Bro... his Russian 'friend' is just on another level. wow.

  • Jon In SLO
    Jon In SLO 5 months ago +2

    Actually, Russia made a strategic withdrawal (something Ukraine has no concept of) it wasn't "liberated."

    • Dal
      Dal 5 months ago +1


  • C 93
    C 93 5 months ago +3

    Zelenskyy didn't know a word of Ukrainian when he took power.

  • Armadillo
    Armadillo 6 months ago +1

    And I’ll share with you guys - going off script - I’ll share with you guys: So, the President and I were there at the White House for the day of the - of the - that he announced his nomination, and many of you may have watched it on television. And so we were in the back before we went out. And before we walked out, I just looked at our President and I said, “You’re again making history. You’re again making history.” Think about that.
    You know, when we - when we look at the job we have in the coming months, and people will look at all of us as leaders and they’ll say, “Well, why should I vote? Why does it matter?” There’s so much we have to talk about. We have collectively, on many levels, achieved historic feats. And let’s be proud of that - knowing, of course, that there is still more to do. Let’s be proud of that. Be proud of that. (Applause.)

    HADOUKEN BRAH 5 months ago +2

    When surrounded in a city, declare it is of no importance - Sun Tzu

  • Rhonda Bailey
    Rhonda Bailey 6 months ago +5

    You can see some of Zelensky's Kvartal 95 translated on the Clip-Share channel Yasmin Ali Mentor💙🎹💛

    • 3333rrrr
      3333rrrr 6 months ago +3

      Ничего не прячется, все выступления 95 квартал в свободном доступе. То же самое не могу сказать о выступлениях президента России , который за 20 лет наговорил , а потом и натворил сами знаете чего.

  • klv
    klv 5 months ago +2

    They said Ukranian soldiers liberated Kherson, which was even celebrated, but the man tells on a phone there are no soldiers. Then how Kherson got liberated, by whom, did they liberate the city and left???

    • henry wan
      henry wan 5 months ago +1

      ​@Maria Russia If that's true why did you back off what reason do you want to say?😆

    • Diogo Rodrigues
      Diogo Rodrigues 5 months ago +3

      They mostly left because, after Russians bombed the bridges and crossings, Kherson became a dead end. Most forces were regrouped into the Eastern front, mostly around Bakhmut and Donetsk.

    • klv
      klv 5 months ago +1

      @Diogo Rodrigues ah, ok then

    • Thomas Vincent
      Thomas Vincent 5 months ago +1

      My friend there is not a Ukrainian soldiers every meter. You question is a bit weird.

  • Deo Contreras
    Deo Contreras 5 months ago


  • Johnny T.
    Johnny T. 3 months ago +1

    I'll just write to let you know. The same attacks are taking place on Russian territory. This is war. She's always like that. And it would be better if this did not happen. But for this it is necessary to negotiate. I remember that Russian ambassadors raised the topic of security guarantees in Europe an infinite number of times throughout 2021.

  • Scott Henson
    Scott Henson 6 months ago +3

    Stay strong guys 💪
    Kherson oblast will be free again. Bakhmut hangs on like a stonewall! Soon you will have tanks

  • AG2117
    AG2117 6 months ago +2

    Why didn’t Russia evacuate these peoples when they withdrew from Kherson, or did they only evacuate pro-Russia people?

    • 3333rrrr
      3333rrrr 6 months ago +1

      Что тебе сказать? Такого плана никогда не было.

  • Suresh
    Suresh 6 months ago +1

    Zelensky to provide salaries for Chechin soldiers soon to join their team 🫰

  • ninja
    ninja 5 months ago

    "Ukraine above all" 👀

  • SSG BiNO
    SSG BiNO 6 months ago +4

    🇺🇸🇺🇦ALAVA UKRAINE🇺🇦🇺🇸

  • Abraham Calzadilla
    Abraham Calzadilla Month ago

    Viva kherson! Viva 🇺🇦 Ucrania libre, soberana e independiente.