The first train to Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, to Kherson since before Russia’s invasion arrived on Saturday after an 11-hour journey, a step in A week after Russian troops were defeated, the vital city of southern Ukraine was restored to its former glory.

Train 102, which arrived in Kherson in The morning service carried 200 passengers. It would mark the beginning a regular service between the two cities, Kyrylo Tymoshenko said. in the president’s office, wrote in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukrainian officials posted photos on social media that showed the train departing, to cheers and applause by people on the platform while triumphant rock music was played over the loudspeakers.

“This is our victory train!” He wrote. “Like this train, we will return to Kherson everything for a normal life!”

Kherson was the first major city to be taken by Moscow’s forces after February’s invasion and remained under Russian control until Nov. 11, when Ukrainian troops entered the city to jubilant cheers from residents. Russia’s withdrawal from the city across the Dnipro River, pulling out of the only regional capital in Its grasp was a blow for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in His war.

In the months of occupation, the city’s residents were subjected to Russia’s campaign for Assimilation and suppression of Ukrainian identity There are many accounts of Russian soldiers torturing and beating Ukrainians, as well as harsh interrogations. in the days since Russia’s retreat.

The train station received electricity and water. in Kherson before the train’s arrival, according to Serhii KhlanThe former exiled deputy governor Kherson region. Officials claimed that the train would depart from Kyiv To Kherson for even-numbered days and from Kherson To Kyiv on odd-numbered ones.

Train Service was also restored a few days before from Kyiv Mykolaiv is a small, battered port city on the Black Sea. Kherson. Officials from the rail industry stated that the reconnecting of the link would be to Kherson It was difficult because of the Russian forces in Retreat had mined extensively the rails and caused explosions that injured at least nine railway workers. in recent days.

Two days later Kherson was retaken, before the route had been secured, Ukraine’s national rail company began selling tickets to the city to be used once travel resumed. It also put up for sale aspirational tickets to destinations still under Russian occupation — Mariupol in Donetsk and Luhansk in the southeast in Simferopol and the east in Crimea — with the proceeds to be used for Transportation infrastructure projects

Oleksandr Kamyshin, the rail company’s chief executive, wrote on Twitter Because roads were made muddy by rain and snow, it was crucial that rail services are resumed. Kherson’s residents.