The Course Of The War In Ukraine Hinges On The Fight For Kherson

All eyes are on Kherson. In Ukraine’s first major offensive of the war, soldiers are pushing towards the city, trying to retake it from Russian troops. It’s a transport hub and key river crossing, and reclaiming it would be a huge victory for Ukraine.

NPR’s Kat Lonsdorf brings us the story of Vitaly, a 22-year-old college student in Kherson. Since the city first fell, he has sent NPR voice memos detailing life under the Russian occupation. Now, he’s decided he has to get out.

And NPR’s Brian Mann travels near the front lines with Ukrainian forces pushing towards Kherson. It’s a vast stretch of half-abandoned villages and farms fields, old industrial sites and dense forests, where the exact point of contact between Russian and Ukrainian troops is often unclear day by day.

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