Only 20% of population left in Kherson, says press officer

2 February, 11:34 AM
Destruction in Kherson after Russian shelling (Photo:REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

Destruction in Kherson after Russian shelling (Photo:REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

Only around 60,000 people – 20% of the pre-war population – remain in the liberated city of Kherson, the city’s press officer, Dmytro Pletenchuk, said during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Odesa on Feb. 1.

“A total of 100,000 people left (the city) during the occupation, and the rest left after the shelling began,” he said.

“[Those who remain] are mainly socially vulnerable groups who cannot afford to evacuate, or very patriotic people.”

According to Pletenchuk, there are currently no safe places in the city as the Russians are shelling the entire territory.

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The Ostriv neighborhood, where the invaders continue to shell communications and life support infrastructure, is the most dangerous now, he added.

“People still stay there, even with children,” the press officer said.

“And they constantly have problems with energy supply, as repair crews cannot always go there because of the danger.”

At the same time, the city has water and heat supply, and shops, pharmacies, and humanitarian aid distribution points are open.

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