MELITOPOL, November 14. /TASS/. The Ukrainian authorities will present pro-Russian residents, tortured to death in the process of so-called "filtration measures" in Kherson, as "victims of Russia," the leader of the movement We are together with Russia, Vladimir Rogov, told TASS on Monday.
"Now that the Ukrainian army has entered Kherson, people tortured to death and killed as a result of extrajudicial reprisals by Zelensky's militants will now be presented as victims of violence of Russia and Russian soldiers. It was a very telling sign that a special regime was introduced to prevent journalists, even Ukrainian ones, from entering this territory," Rogov said.
He added that, according to local residents, dozens of cases of torture and reprisals were already known.
"Immediately after the Ukrainian army entered Kherson, the city was declared closed. No one has the right to leave, let alone move to the left bank. In fact, a purge was announced against pro-Russian people," Rogov said.
He is certain that in the near future the Ukrainian authorities would be publicly presenting such cases as evidence of war crimes allegedly committed by the allied forces.
"The Zelensky regime’s methods of warfare and war crimes have confirmed this more than once in Bucha and in the Kharkov region. Any territory, vacated for a while, gives them such opportunities, which they use," Rogov explained.
Situation around Kherson
On November 9, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu agreed with a proposal from commander of the group of forces in the special military operation zone, Sergey Surovikin, to order the pullback of Russian troops in the Kherson Region from the right bank of the Dnieper to the left bank. Surovikin stressed that the Russian military had successfully repulsed all Ukrainian attacks. The decision to withdraw forces was made in light of the threat of the group’s isolation, should territories downstream from the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant be flooded. All those who wished to leave - more than 115,000 - have been evacuated from the right bank.
After that, the head of Ukraine’s Kherson Regional Military Administration, Yaroslav Yanushevich, declared a curfew from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. in Kherson and restrictions on exiting and entering the city allegedly for "mine-clearing activities". Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that the authorities had no intention of letting journalists into Kherson, also due to mine-clearing efforts, he claimed.