GENICHESK, November 29. /TASS/. The Ukrainian army views the recently taken city of Kherson exclusively as a military base and is actually ready to write it off, Freelance Advisor to the Kherson Regional Governor Alexander Malkevich told TASS on Tuesday.
"They [Ukrainian troops] are taking people away, seizing homes and building fortifications, so they are actually getting ready to write Kherson off," he said.
"I think they don’t view the city as a city but as a large military base," Malkevich added.
According to him, residents are leaving Kherson because there is almost no water and power in the city. "People can see that attempts are being made to use them as human shields," the regional governor’s advisor noted.
He also emphasized that the city’s residents were being prevented from moving to the left bank of the Dnieper River, which is not under control by the Ukrainian authorities, "by threats of large-scale reprisals against those who were helping others leave.".