Russia plans to create the so-called “Kherson People’s Republic” on the territory of the Kherson region, said Lyudmila Denisova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada. Her statement is being carried out by the BBC.
According to her, “ballot papers” for the “referendum” have already been printed in Nova Kakhovka.
“The pseudo-referendum is planned for the period from May 1 to May 10, 2022. During this period, they intend to close Kherson for entry and exit and turn off all communications,” the Ombudsman said.
Kherson is the only regional center of Ukraine (not counting Donetsk and Lugansk) that was occupied by Russian troops. Pro-Ukrainian rallies continue to be held in the city.
Denisova recalled that Russian forces are using weapons to forcefully disperse these actions.