Russia is turning Kherson Oblast into “exclusion zone,” Zelenskyy says
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)
Moscow’s scorched-earth policy is gradually turning Kherson Oblast into an “exclusion zone” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening address on Oct. 28.
According to Zelenskyy, Russia is destroying the healthcare system in occupied Ukrainian territories, as Russian troops are looting medical equipment and ambulances, and forcing doctors to relocate to Russia.
“Russia makes Kherson a zone without civilization, without basic amenities, available in most countries of the world,” said Zelenskyy.
“Before Russia came here, this region, like all other oblasts of Ukraine, was nice and safe, people had access to social services there... life itself was a guaranteed right. And now Russia is literally trying to turn Kherson Oblast into an exclusion zone.”
Zelenskyy asked residents of temporarily occupied territories to do everything to help one another. The president added that Ukraine will liberate its territories, but “it is necessary to endure while even the invaders themselves confirm they cannot hold this Ukrainian territory, and so they are trying to steal medical equipment and relocate medical personnel.”
According to an earlier report from Ukraine’s Operational Command South, Moscow is working on several options as to their strategy in southern Ukraine.
“They could leave some forces to try and hold the right bank (of Dnipro River),” Operational Command South spokesperson Nataliya Humeniuk said.
“But the fact that they are preparing to defend at the left bank is also quite telling.”
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