Russia plans ‘great terror’ in Ukraine's Kherson – The Times

24 March, 12:37 PM
The occupiers in Kherson have already used light and noise grenades against the protesters (Photo:REUTERS)

The occupiers in Kherson have already used light and noise grenades against the protesters (Photo:REUTERS)

Russia is plotting to unleash a "great terror" on Ukraine's city of Kherson by kidnapping residents and taking them across the Russian border, UK daily newspaper The Times reported on March 22 citing an FSB (Russian security service) whistleblower.

The newspaper reported that a letter, thought to have been written by a member of Russia's domestic security service, said that the Kremlin was no longer willing to "play nicely" with protesters in the Ukrainian city, where people have taken to the streets every day in defiance of their occupiers.

People will be taken from their homes in the middle of the night, it said.

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"Even if we have to deport as much as half the city – we’re ready for that," the letter said.

Earlier Kherson lawmaker Serhiy Khlan said that Moscow was planning to hold a so-called "referendum" in the areas of Kherson Oblast under Russian occupation in order to proclaim another "people's republic" in the region.

Kherson Regional Council in turn stressed that it would never make such a decision.

The locals continue to organize peaceful rallies in support of Ukraine.

On March 22, invading Russian forces used tear gas and stun grenades against the protesters.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated that Russia rejects the idea of creating a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of food to Kherson.

The ministry warns that the humanitarian situation in the city is deteriorating rapidly.

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