The Russian occupation administration in Severodonetsk in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Luhansk Oblast is forcing local residents to clean the ruined town’s streets in for free, Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Hayday reported on Telegram on Sept. 9.
According to him, Kremlin propaganda TV channels have been broadcasting stories about "cleaning up" the streets of Severodonetsk for two-and-a-half months.
"Allegedly, they were removing garbage that had accumulated during the months of active hostilities, mangled cars, and cleaning up traces of destruction of buildings,” the official said.
“They invited residents of the city to do work (that involved) cleaning the districts of Severodonetsk.”
Hayday added that even back then it was conveyed that they would not be paid for their work, and all work would be completed immediately after the Russian TV crews finished shooting.
"They’ve run out of money,” he said.
“Or it was stolen, which is also not far from the truth. Piles of garbage remain in the neighborhoods and on the roads of the city. However, they came up with a solution – the occupation authorities arrange ‘clean Fridays’! This time, Severodonetsk residents are not invited, but forced. And for free.”