Russian troops take control of Kherson city, says town mayor

Ukrainian police and National Guard military personnel take part in an exercise near the village of Kalanchak in the Skadovsk district of the Kherson area of ​​southern Ukraine.| Photo: EFE/EPA/OLEG PETRASYUK

The mayor of the Ukrainian city of Kherson, Ihor Kolykhaiev, said on Wednesday (2) that Russia has taken control of the municipality. According to the president published on his Facebook profile, the inhabitants of Kherson must now comply with the instructions of “armed people who have come to the administration of the city”.

“We have no Armed Forces in the city, only civilians and people who want to LIVE here!” Kolykhaiev posted. According to the mayor’s statement, there are new rules in place in the city, which include a curfew, restrictions on transport and a limit on pedestrians on the streets.

Kherson is a strategically important city, located on an inlet on the Black Sea, and with a population of around 300,000. In the publication, the mayor claims that Ukrainian forces have left the municipality.

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In an interview with the New York Times, Kolykhaiev also said that a group of about 10 armed Russian officers, including their commander, stormed the city hall on Wednesday.

With information from CNN.

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