I have a friend in Kherson and the situation is incredibly bad. They said to me: “I am reading a lot of shit about Kherson, unfortunately it’s nothing compared to reality. It is much, much worse” Ukrainians are facing a dire situation, which I’ll lay out in a short thread:
Hearing this stuff from people on the ground is utterly horrific. Wider coverage of the war seems to have faded away in many media outlets, which means that people shrug their shoulders and probably assume everything is a bit better now. In Kherson, it is very much not the case.
- Escape routes out of the city are blocked. My friend has attempted to get out several times - the last driver they were in contact with was captured and had their car destroyed.
- There are now many Russians in Kherson who arrived for the 9th May parade. Many of them now work at the market and sell Russian products. My friend says that when they go out now they don’t see familiar faces. Russians are arriving to replace Ukrainians and live in their homes.
- This sort of thing is going on all over Kherson. For example, a story of a Russian person moving into an apartment block, becoming admin of the block and sending messages to residents about how they want Ukrainians to burn.
- There are checkpoints between Kherson and all other cities - the Russian army check all papers and search anyone who comes into the city. People are forced to undress and show any tattoos, to check for any “pro-Western” or patriotic iconography.