Russia’s FSB, soldiers looting homes of deported Kherson residents, says Zelenskyy’s advisor
‘Russia’s military and FSB officers doing what they love most – robbing houses’ (Photo:kolykhaev.igor/Facebook)
Russia’s FSB security service officers and soldiers are looting the homes of forcibly deported residents of the occupied city of Kherson, the adviser to the head of the President’s Office, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Twitter on Nov. 7.
“While Kherson residents are being forcibly deported from their homes, with stories of ‘evacuation,’ Russia’s military and FSB officers are doing what they love most – robbing their houses,” Podolyak tweeted.
“Robbery of those whom they came to ‘protect’ – the best illustration of the ‘Russian world.’”
After the Ukrainian military destroyed crossings across the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast, the Russian garrison in the oblast found itself in an extremely difficult situation due to compromised supply routes and face the risk of being trapped.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that rainy weather had slowed Ukraine’s offensive in Kherson Oblast. He also noted that the Ukrainian army was controlling all the bridges leading into the oblast, so there is no way for Russian troops to retreat.
In turn, Ukrainian military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said the operation to retake Kherson is likely to last until the end of November.
As reported on Nov. 3, Russian troops have already abandoned their checkpoints in Chornobayivka, Stepanivka, and Bilozerka in Kherson Oblast.
In addition, the Russian flag has reportedly disappeared from the local administration's building in the still-occupied city of Kherson. The Ukrainian military suggests this could be a false-flag operation.
“This could be a provocation of some kind, hoping to create the impression that towns are abandoned and are free (for our troops) to enter,” the Ukrainian military’s South Operational Command spokesperson Nataliya Humeniuk said.
“Given that the Russians were preparing for urban fighting, given how they were deploying their units – we are aware of their tactical plan.”
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