Kherson, an important port city on the Black Sea, in southern Ukraine, was overrun by Russian troops in the early hours of Wednesday, after days of intense shelling and shelling. The Ukrainian flag is still flown on government buildings and the city mayor, Ihor Kolykhaievstill in his post.
On Saturday, Kolykhaiev announced that Russian troops were everywhere, and that the city of nearly 300,000 people had no electricity or water, and was in dire need of humanitarian aid.
Kolykhaiev said that Russian forces were “settled” in the city and showed no signs of leaving.
“We have a lot of people in need here,” he told CNN. “We have cancer patients. Children need the drug. The drug isn’t being passed around right now,” he told CNN, adding that The Russians wanted to send aid, but the residents refused. .
People living in Kherson under Russian occupation describe the terrifying days confined to their apartments and houses, afraid to go out even for the essentials – their city is now an outdated shell of the home they live in. know and love.
Five Kherson residents told CNN in recent phone calls that Russian military-run checkpoints are on the city’s streets. The streets were mostly empty as people fled the fighting or stayed indoors for fear of encountering Russian soldiers. Residents and officials said grocery stores were empty and drugs were running low.
The Russian army has surrounded the city and is shooting at anyone trying to leave, residents said, including a top local health official, who CNN did not name for security reasons.
On Thursday, Russian forces shot two men at a checkpoint after they tried to pass, killing one and seriously injuring the other, the official told CNN.
Andriy Abba, who works as a tax attorney, said he was determined to stay in Kherson despite the occupation, as long as the Ukrainian flag was still flying over government buildings.
“Even if we wanted to evacuate women and children from here, it’s clearly not possible,” he added. “They shoot at anyone who tries to leave.”