Kremlin-backed administration of Kherson urged civilians to ‘evacuate immediately’

22 October 2022, 07:18 PM
Occupiers deport Kherson residents to Oleshki, October 22, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Occupiers deport Kherson residents to Oleshki, October 22, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian occupation authorities in the city of Kherson told civilians on Oct. 22 that they should immediately leave the city for the left bank of the Dnipro River due to the “tense situation at the front.”

All departments and ministries of the Russian-installed “civil administration” in Kherson should also leave. The invaders again repeated the claim that there was a “danger of massive shelling” of the city by the Ukrainian military.

Kherson Oblast Governor Yaroslav Yanushevych urged the residents to ignore the calls of the occupiers and remain calm. He advised them to:

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  • prepare food and water supplies;
  • keep phones and power banks charged;
  • pack a grab-and-go bag, including warm clothes, medicine and personal documents;
  • prepare a shelter near the house;
  • find and prepare a bomb shelter close to their homes.

On Oct. 22 the General Staff of Ukraine declared the invaders were preparing for street fighting in Kherson. The occupiers who remained in the city have changed into civilian clothes and have moved into empty apartments, the General Staff said.

On Oct. 18 the collaborator and puppet of the Kremlin so-called the head of Kherson military–civilian administration Volodymyr Saldo said the residents of the Russian-occupied areas of Kherson Oblast are to be departed to the left bank of the Dnipro River. The Kremlin gauleiters (Kremlin-collaborators) also said entering the annexed areas is forbidden for civilians for seven days.

Kherson governor Yanushevych urged the citizens to stay calm and not to react to the invaders’ provocations. He said they want to use civilians as a “human shield.”

Earlier, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian military’s South Operational Command, Natalia Humeniuk, said in an interview with Radio NV that collaborators are trying to deport the civilian population to make it seem that they are afraid of the Ukrainian armed forces. However, Ukrainian civilians were instead proving the opposite.

As of Oct. 21, Ukrainian troops had liberated 88 settlements in Kherson Oblast.

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