City under Russian occupation
Ukraine wants to take back Kherson
As in Lugansk and Donetsk, Russia apparently plans to create a “people’s republic” in Cherson, Ukraine. But kyiv wants to prevent this by all means – and announces the reconquest plan.
Ukrainian leaders intend to retake the city of Cherson, in the south of the country, occupied by Russian troops. “There will be no People’s Republic of Kherson,” Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, told Ukrainian radio.
The area will be completely liberated, which will cost the lives of many Russian soldiers, Podoliak said in kyiv. He was reacting to statements by Moscow politicians and the occupying power who wanted to declare Cherson Russian.
“Russia is here forever,” General Secretary of the Kremlin’s United Russia party, Andrei Turchak, said during a visit. Russian passports will also be issued in Cherson and the ruble will become the only means of payment. It would be a similar development to the self-proclaimed “people’s republics” of pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, which were founded in 2014.
Before the war of Russian aggression, Cherson had about 290,000 inhabitants and is located on the lower course of the Dnipro. In the city, people protest again and again against the Russian occupying power.