Desperate locals in liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson forced to drink water from rivers to survive

The long-suffering locals of newly liberated Kherson rely on drawing water from the mighty Dnipro River to survive.

Missiles and mortars brave young and old residents fill bottles from the channel at the end of the channel. Ukrainian·territory.


Desperate Ukrainian families bottle water from Dnipro to surviveCredit: Chris Eades
Kherson residents are often without food, water or electricity, experiencing severe shortages in the city


Kherson residents are often without food, water or electricity, experiencing severe shortages in the cityCredit: Chris Eades


A line of residents awaiting the delivery of relief supplies in Kherson’s main squareCredit: Chris Eades

After the missile destroyed the power station, the people living there today have no central heating or electricity.

The water stopped working on November 9, when the pumping station was targeted.

2 days later, last Russia The soldiers left the city after blowing up a television tower and destroying the main Antonovsky bridge behind it, slowing the advance of Ukrainian forces.

Last week, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ordered a humiliating withdrawal, with tens of thousands retreating to the east bank of the Dnipro River after his commanders said they could not sustain the supply of troops.

They are still bombarding the city, but Ukraine’s new US- and UK-supplied long-range weapon force continues to wreak havoc in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s soldier.

Its effectiveness was evident at Kherson Airport, where bricks and broken metal from the occupier’s headquarters were strewn across hundreds of yards, killing a large number of Russians.

“It must have been very scary here,” said Major Valentine, a Ukrainian combat engineer who leads a squad searching the airport for unexploded ordnance.

Prominent in the largely abandoned city are Larisa, 59, and her husband, Oleg, 63, who went to the Dnipro for water.

Larisa argued that the current hardships they were facing meant that the price to pay for their freedom was small.

She said: “The worst thing when the Russians were here was that we had no sense of freedom. It was hard.

“We tried not to provoke the soldiers. We only went out together and avoided the main roads.”

Oleg says: Soldiers were constantly searching, checking and looting. ”

Also on the river is Lena, a paramedic, who said it takes about 70 liters a day for ambulance station staff to use for cooking, washing clothes and flushing toilets.

Pensioner Pyotr, 70 years old, retired policemanand his wife Vala said they had to live on Russian subsidies during the occupation because there was no way to draw on Ukrainian pensions.

They loaded 30 liters of water in jerry cans onto a two-wheeled dolly located away from the embers of the recent rocket attack.

“My main concern is that the Russians will come back and if they come back there will be more fighting,” said Peter.

Kherson has changed hands twice since Putin’s invasion, but has escaped the scorched earth bombardment of other urban battlefields.

Valla says: He suddenly disappeared when he noticed the numbers were dwindling. ”


Recaptured airport littered with bricks and broken metalCredit: Chris Eades


Locals help deliveries in the main square as shelling continues nearbyCredit: Chris Eades

Meanwhile, with most of Kherson’s shops closed, thousands of people are queuing for food handouts in the city’s central square.

Anastasia Ivashenko, 32, was waiting with her 62-year-old mother, Anna, and her two daughters, Katya.

She claimed she never accepted food from the Russians, whom she said had tortured residents.

she said:

“Thankfully my husband was not injured. He refused to work for the Russians, so we had no money, but friends helped us out. I did.”

some parents alienated their children school Students sang the Russian national anthem and learned the Kremlin curriculum.

Igor says:

“But we stayed and my daughter learned online instead.

“Now we pray for peace and normal life to return.” Desperate locals in liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson forced to drink water from rivers to survive

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