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Russian occupiers want to evacuate about 50-60,000 residents from 4 districts in Kherson Oblast

Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 10:26
Russian occupiers want to evacuate about 50-60,000 residents from 4 districts in Kherson Oblast

IRYNA BALACHUK WEDNESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2022, 10:26

Representatives of the occupation "administration" of Kherson and the oblast are planning to take approximately 50,000-60,000 residents from 4 right-bank districts in the oblast to the left bank of the Dnipro river or to Russia due to the alleged preparation of a counteroffensive by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Source: Volodymyr Saldo, Russian-appointed puppet leader of Kherson Oblast, on Telegram and on "Solovyov Live" [propaganda programme presented by Vladimir Solovyov, a Russian propagandist]; one of the leaders of the occupying "administration" of Kherson, "Gauleiter" [Russian-appointed puppet leader/governor; a term that referred to German governors of territories occupied by the Nazis in WWII] Kyrylo Stremousov on Telegram; Russian state-owned news agency TASS

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Quote from Saldo: "I have taken the difficult but correct decision to announce the organised transfer of the civilian population of Berislav, Bilozerka, Snihurivka and Oleksandrivka municipalities to the left bank of the Dnipro (river).

We calculated that approximately 50,000-60,000 people are planned to be moved to the left bank of the Dnipro (river)."

Details: Saldo said that people will be removed gradually and free of charge by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation and the so-called "government" of Kherson Oblast. Saldo is confident that this will take about a week.

He added that there are already boats in the city's river port with people who are allegedly ready to go to the left bank, but there is no tension in the city.

Saldo stated that there is allegedly "an immediate danger of flooding of areas due to the planned destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam and the discharge of water from the cascade of power plants upstream of the Dnipro river."

He said that if the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroy the lock chambers of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, the water in two districts of Kherson may rise by one metre. That is why the collaborators in Kherson Oblast have allegedly already increased the discharge of water through the canal system in order to protect the city from possible flooding in the event of damage to the hydroelectric power plant's lock chambers.

Saldo added that residents of the oblast who decide to move to Russia will allegedly be provided with housing certificates.

Stremousov stated that as of the morning of 19 October, the situation in Kherson Oblast "has not changed", but the Armed Forces of Ukraine could allegedly "start advancing at any moment".

He urged residents of Kherson to move to the left bank "as quickly as possible".

Background: 

  • "Gauleiter" Kyrylo Stremousov, one of the so-called leaders of the occupying "administration" of Kherson, has announced the preparation for an offensive by Ukrainian troops on the city.
  • Western military officials believe that the Ukrainian army can liberate Kherson from the Russian invaders as early as late October.
  • Volodymyr Saldo, the Russian-appointed puppet governor of Kherson Oblast, has appealed to the Russian leadership, asking for it to help evacuate residents from the region. The Russian Federation said that it would provide "free accommodation" to all persons coming to Russia from Kherson Oblast.
  • According to the General Staff, the Russians have begun the process of evacuating so-called state institutions from the occupied part of Kherson Oblast to occupied Crimea.
  • The Russian occupiers are taking collaborators and their families from Kherson to Russian-occupied Crimea.

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