Residents held flowers and kissed Ukrainian soldiers who were moving into the right bank of the Dnipro River on Saturday after a stunning retreat of Russian forces.
* Britain said Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson, the only regional capital in Ukraine that it had captured since its invasion began in February, was another humiliation for its army but Moscow continued to pose a threat.
* In a video address on Friday evening, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy hailed “a historic day” in getting Kherson back. Special units of the military were inside with defending troops on the outskirts, he said.
* Russia’s defense ministry said it had withdrawn more than 30,000 soldiers across the Dnipro River in its retreat, without losing a soldier. But Ukrainians described a chaotic retreat, with Russian troops ditching their uniforms or drowning trying to escape.
* Significant new damage to the major Nova Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine can be seen following Russia’s withdrawal from nearby Kherson, U.S. satellite imagery company Maxar said on Friday.
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* Ukraine would decide on the timing and contents of any negotiation framework with Russia, according to a readout of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Phnom Penh.
* Russia said there was no agreement yet to extend a deal allowing Ukraine to export grain via the Black Sea, repeating its insistence on unhindered access to world markets for its own food and fertilizer exports.
* Turkey is committed to seeking a peace dialog between Russia and Ukraine, Turkish media cited President Tayyip Erdogan as saying, as he accused the United States and other Western countries of provoking Moscow.
* Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, at an Asian summit in Cambodia, urged Southeast Asian countries to take all measures possible to stop Russia from playing “hunger games” over a Black Sea grain deal that could expire next week.
* Russia restated its insistence on unhindered access to world markets for its food and fertilizer exports after what it called a “thorough exchange of views” with U.N. officials the day before in Geneva.
* Russian fertilizer producer Uralchem-Uralkali has agreed with the Netherlands, Estonia and Belgium to supply cargoes of fertilizers stranded in those countries to Africa, TASS news agency reported.
* Renowned 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 Moscow’s invasion of its neighbor.
* Russian-based international ballet dancers from elite companies like the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky who fled the country, leaving behind their lives, jobs and belongings, are reuniting for one performance in California on Saturday. (Compiled by William Mallard and Frances Kerry)