Russian invaders forcibly remove Ukrainians from island outside Kherson, says General Staff

15 December 2022, 12:29 PM
Оккупанты депортировали граждан Украины с Большого Потемкинского острова возле Херсона (Photo:АгоВ/

Оккупанты депортировали граждан Украины с Большого Потемкинского острова возле Херсона (Photo:АгоВ/

Invading Russian forces have forcibly removed Ukrainian citizens from the island of Velykyi Potemkinskyi outside the liberated city of Kherson, Ukraine’s General Staff said in a Facebook update on Dec. 15.

According to the Ukrainian military, the inhabitants were taken from the island, which lies to the south-west of the city of Kherson across the Dnipro River, to Russian-occupied territory.

The Dnipro is about 370 meters wide at the point between Velykyi Potemkinskyi and a neighbouring island next to the city of Kherson. There are private houses and summer cottages, or dachas, along much of the edges of the large river island.

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In addition, according to available information, the invaders mined the territory of summer cottages and the banks of the Konka and Chaika rivers within the Oleshky city territorial community in Kherson Oblast. Oleshky is about 7 kilometers to the east of central Kherson, on the left bank of the Dnipro River.

Earlier, Kherson regional council member Sergey Khlan said the invaders had set up a military base and a training site for newly mobilized soldiers on the occupied Arabat Spit. And just for fun, they are shooting the endangered birds who come there for wintering – in particular white swans.

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