Russian invaders leaving grocery store shelves in occupied Kherson empty, reports local media

24 October 2022, 01:07 PM
In Kherson, Russian-made goods disappeared from store shelves (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

In Kherson, Russian-made goods disappeared from store shelves (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Russian occupation authorities are taking everything out of the occupied city of Kherson, leaving even the grocery store shelves empty, local media outlet Kherson Online reported on Oct. 23.

According to the outlet, local residents have shared photos of these empty shelves, noting that the Russians aren’t only stealing the food in Kherson, but also other goods for sale.

Russian occupation authorities in Kherson told civilians on Oct. 22 that they should immediately leave the city for the left bank of the Dnipro River due to the “tense situation at the front.”

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They said that all departments and ministries of the Russian-installed “civil administration” in Kherson should also leave.

The invaders again repeated the claim that there was a “danger of massive shelling” of the city by the Ukrainian military.

On Oct. 18, the Russian-appointed puppet administrator of the occupation, collaborator Volodymyr Saldo, said the residents of the Russian-occupied areas of Kherson Oblast should “evacuate” to the left bank of the Dnipro River, which is still under Russian control. Russian puppet authorities also decreed that entering the annexed areas is forbidden for civilians for seven days.

Kherson governor Yaroslav Yanushevych has urged local residents to stay calm and not to react to the invaders’ provocations. He said they want to use civilians as a “human shield.”

Earlier, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian military’s Operational Command South, Natalia Humeniuk, said in an interview with Radio NV that the collaborators are trying to abduct the civilian population, to make it seem that they are afraid of the Ukrainian armed forces. However, Ukrainian civilians were instead proving the opposite, she stated.

As of Oct. 21, Ukrainian troops had liberated 88 settlements in Kherson Oblast.

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