GENICHESK, November 29. /TASS/. The Ukrainian armed forces in the Kiev-controlled Kherson torture civilians and force them to dig trenches, Freelance Advisor to the Kherson Regional Governor Alexander Malkevich told TASS on Tuesday.
"We continue to receive clips, short videos that show [Ukrainian servicemen] laughting <...> as they beat up civilians that have been captured. <...> The least terrible thing that happens to civilians - they [Ukrainian military] make them dig trenches," Malkevich said. He added that many civilians could not leave the city because "they had elderly parents, sick grandparents to care for."
Malkevich earlier told TASS that the Ukrainian armed forces were using residential areas of Kherson as camouflage and a human shield, placing artillery and rocket launchers there.
On November 9, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ordered the pullback of Russian forces from the right bank of Dnieper under the proposal of Sergey Surovikin, commander of the joint group of forces in the special military operation zone. The military official underscored that Russian forces have been successfully repelling Ukrainian attacks, and the decision to move the forces out was due to the threat of the group getting isolated because of potential flooding of the territory below the Kakhovskaya HPP dam. According to Surovikin, all civilians who expressed their desire to evacuate, which is over 115,000 people, have been brought to the left bank.