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In Kherson, misery under Russian occupation, hope over Ukrainian gains

By Isabelle Khurshudyan and David L. Stern

12 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post reports on the dilemmas and hardships facing Ukrainians under Russian occupation.

KYIV, Ukraine - More than three months of occupation by Russian soldiers has left much of Ukraine's southern Kherson region isolated, without access to basic medicines and cut off from Ukrainian cellphone and internet service.

The Russian tricolor flag is displayed at most of the main government buildings. There are whispers of a coming referendum that would formally make Kherson part of Russia, at least in the Kremlin's eyes. The armed occupying forces patrol the streets, while the blasts of artillery shells crashing in the distance can be heard daily - signs of the ongoing fight between the Russian and Ukrainian militaries for control of the area.

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