Russia retreated from towns on the opposite bank of the Dnipro River from Kherson city, the first official Ukrainian report of its forces withdrawing from what is now the main front line in the south.
"A decrease in the number of Russian soldiers and military equipment is observed in the settlement of Oleshky," the Ukrainian military said.
"Enemy troops were withdrawn from certain settlements of the Kherson oblast and dispersed in forest strips along the section of the Oleshky - Hola Prystan highway.”
They suggested that Moscow's best-trained professional troops had already left the area. Until now the military has stopped short of saying Russian forces were leaving towns.
Although Russian forces have been pushed back, officials added that Russia had intensified shelling across the river, knocking out power again in Kherson.