The front-line village in the Kharkov region was occupied by the Russian military without a single shot being fired. Local residents did not resist, on the contrary, for a long time they finally felt safe, said Izvestia correspondent Kirill Olkov.
The locals are already accustomed to both the Russian military and the military equipment passing by them. They say that with her they even became calmer. Nothing explodes in the air, no one shoots on the ground.
“Humanitarian aid has already been brought here, given cereals, flour, canned food,” said local resident Andrei.
A peaceful life without fear for their future, even close to the front line, is what they wanted most of all. Here they remember well the cost of the victory over the nationalists – in the center of the settlement there is a monument of the Great Patriotic War. Stela and eternal flame.
There is no large-scale production in the village as such, there is a farm for 1 thousand heads. She did not stop working even when the Ukrainian authorities turned off the electricity in the village.
“Everything is working, nothing has stopped. The most important thing is that there are no arrivals from Ukraine. And so, everything is calm. Everything is fine,” shared a local resident Irina.
There are enough products in local stores, everything you need is available. There is no shortage. You can pay in rubles. The hryvnia is falling. Of the difficulties is the fact that the Ukrainian authorities actually left people to die of hunger, leaving them without pensions and salaries.
“Not enough money. They say, like we are in the occupied territory, therefore. I think it’s normal territory. Personally, no one occupied me, ”said the seller Natalya.
The situation is even worse with drugs. There are almost none left in pharmacies.
The Russian military promised to arrange the supply of vital medicines and help with groceries. Now they are here for the administration and for the police.
According to the commander of the combined military police detachment, Alexander, many people turn to the military with requests: someone needs medicine, someone needs help with information about relatives who are in nearby villages. They even send letters, help in any way they can.
On June 29, the head of the military-civilian administration of the Kharkiv region, Vitaly Ganchev, announced that more than 200 million rubles had been transferred to the population of the region in the form of one-time benefits. He added that at present both the Ukrainian hryvnia and the Russian ruble operate in the region. The course was set on June 25 – 1.5 rubles per hryvnia.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
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