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Russia strengthens total control in temporarily occupied Nova Kakhovka - mayor

9 December, 2023 Saturday
11:03

Nova Kakhovka Mayor Volodymyr Kovalenko shared how the Russian appointees are forcing people to accept their citizenship and restricting their rights

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He spoke about this on Espreso TV.

"There has been a hostile loop of occupation from the first day until now, especially in the frontline zone. This is a chain of constant total control. Most people don't even want to leave their homes once again, because if you do, you'll encounter a hungover soldier who is strolling down the street in the morning. Then you need to go to the hospital for some service, but you can't, because the first question will be: Where is your Russian passport? If you are driving your own transport, at the checkpoint they will ask you why you are not registered in Russia. You are driven into a labyrinth of hopelessness, and so the further away from the beginning of the war, the less opportunity people have to stay," explained the mayor of the temporarily occupied city.

Kovalenko urges residents to wait for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, because they know what to do and will return the territories.

"The passport terror has become a constant form of pressure, you have been restricted from doing anything, as a human being you sometimes have some problems, but you are restricted in everything. Even if you go to say that a pipe has broken and water is flooding your house, the water utility will ask you where your Russian passport is. And this pressure constantly narrows the range of possibilities. Today, there are people who have not taken the document and ask their neighbors to buy them bread, who want to find a way to hold out till the end," he summarized.

  • The Defense Forces cut the Oleshky-Nova Kakhovka road in the Kherson region and created additional logistical problems for the Russian invaders in this area.
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