The first Ukrainian soldiers have arrived in the middle of Kherson city, where they were greeted by crowds of civilians, according to social media video.
One video showed several soldiers among a crowd in the main Svobody Square being hugged by civilians and taking selfies with them.
One soldier is lifted into the air by the crowd.
The crowd of several dozen civilians, some draped in the Ukrainian flag, is chanting "SZU," the acronym for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Ukrainian flag also appears to have been raised at the city's police headquarters.