Russia withdrawing, Ukrainian official fears ‘city of death’

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia says it has begun withdrawing troops from a strategic Ukrainian city in a potential turning point in the grinding war. A Ukrainian official warned that land mines the retreating Russians left behind could make Kherson a “city of death.” A forced pullout would mark one of Russia’s worst setbacks since it invaded Ukraine. Ukrainian forces seem to be scoring more battlefield successes elsewhere in the Kherson region and closing in on the city. President Volodymyr Zelenskky said Thursday the pace has increased so much that residents are checking hourly where his forces have raised the national flag. Zelenskyy said his forces were racing to remove land mines from 170,000 square meters (65,637 square miles) nationwide, including from Kherson.