In Kherson, they drink coffee, roast and discuss in Russian: what can be seen and heard in the territories liberated during the referendum

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Posters for referendum in Kherson

Photo: Igor Emelyanov

If you want to better understand how the liberated territories are related to special operations, Russia and the referendum to join it (which will be held on September 23-27, ed.), you should not be part of organized groups. of tested ponds.

Kherson, a city of Russian splendor founded by Prince Potemkin of Tauride, is within easy reach of the Russian capital itself. For example, almost 2,000 kilometers from Moscow, Potemkin greeted on the wheel through the Crimea.

Yes, it’s boring, but very educational.

Malorovskaya street

To understand how the Russian order is better than the Ukrainian one (forgetting the two Russian problems at this point), you need to drive along the Crimean bridge and the Torida highway on a September night, and along the Crimean-Ukrainian route on a clear day. On the way to Chongar checkpoint and Melitopol, then turn to Kakhovka and then Kherson.

Two worlds – two Shapiro.

Tickets to the Crimean Bridge, yourself and Tavrida – this is … European level! The roads of Ukraine (Khersan Region), which were under the auspices of the President of Ukraine (as indicated by the rest of the roadside signs) are almost smooth washboards mixed with glass (the latter is obviously less). On the road from “goodbye to suspension” I met KamAZ, where two middle-aged local drivers, cursing in Russian, changed a flat tire, but for some reason explained the way to Kherson in Ukrainian. The road was “adorned” by the scars of burnt vehicles and broken gas stations (180 kilometers from Chongar to Kherson), there is not a single working gas station.

The road to Kherson

Photo: Igor Emelyanov

Mine truth

At one of the dozens of checkpoints on the road from Kakhovka to Kherson and Odessa, men were quietly cranking the Niva’s engine when I decided to peek inside his concrete bunker, clad in camouflage netting and decorated with the tricolor and victory banners.

– How many are there?

– Seventh month without replacement.

– Why not on the block?

– So there is no orientation to specific machines. And the crest sabotaging factions have cleaned up nicely lately.

– Where are you from?

– We are miners (they name three mines near Donetsk and ask them not to shoot).

Refueling on the road to Kherson

Photo: Igor Emelyanov

He refused to take at least one photo of Shakhtarsk and Seryoga, which has been guarding the bridge and ferry to Kherson since late February. The Ukrainians destroyed his house in 2014, he fell under the first mob in the DPR, his family lives in a hostel in the Kuban, his son, who was supposed to go to demobilization, was offered a contract. ..

Seryoga saw closely how the Ukrainian army attacked the ill-fated Antonovsky bridge connecting Kherson with the “mainland” with the American “Hymars” rocket system, which is why this half-broken concrete crossing is now only a mad drive.

Why are hymers so scary?

– They fall almost silently and break the concrete layer by layer. I removed pieces of the road so the cars wouldn’t tear the rubber.

Fragments of “Hemars” flew into the house where the Donetsk soldiers were staying, and it was half a kilometer away.

Serega complains that some people in Kherson still fear Ukraine and its subversive agents.

– He asked to sell salo in the market for rubles (and I was in uniform) – No, they say, only for hryvnias. He changed, he came – they say, they sold everything. And the saleswoman went behind the curtain and from there she put her hand to her throat – they say, the neighbors look at me. They can deliver.

Well what should he do? Just clear the Bandera underground and show success at the front that Ukraine will not return to Kherson.

For example, while driving through the Kherson region, I saw many advertisements in Russian about the melons I ordered, “I will sell watermelons for rubles.”

A broken bridge to Kherson

Photo: Igor Emelyanov

Talks on the bridge and beyond the bridge

Double check, located on the damaged bridge connecting Kherson to the rest of the region, in front of the pontoon crossing. Here the Russian guards serve together with the army.

If there is truth in the Telegram channel of bloggers who write about jokes, jokes, conversations about life and war.

While waiting for the ferry to cross the Dnieper for several hours, I talked to the locals. Sasha moved to Kherson from the Voronezh region in the early 1990s and now sells onion packages in one of Kherson’s four markets.

A Russian man who has lived in Ukraine for almost 30 years, it is surprising how he gets lost in the language from time to time when he answers without hesitation. Everything is already mixed in the head and habits. She complains that many have lost their regular jobs. This is where you go to the market.

– But in Kherson, they say, there is electricity and water, – I oppose Sasha. – Even women with dogs on the street …

– That’s right… and it looks like it’s rumbling in the distance, but… you don’t leave the car anywhere. There are people with different moods.

Festival cinema “Ukraine” in Kherson.

Photo: Igor Emelyanov

In Kherson itself, on the endless Perekopskaya street, in fact, women walked with Labradors and Pekingese. Two bikers in expensive models and good gear were pedaling towards the park. The approaching twilight dimmed the lighted lanterns. On the terrace of the “Ukraine” cinema in front of the regional administration, sitting tightly and already overgrown with grass on the steps, young people drank coffee, beer and discussed the latest news in Russian.

For several hours in the afternoon on the streets of Kherson, I never heard a conversation in Ukrainian, neither from taxi drivers, nor from sellers, nor from the guard in the parking lot, who offered payment – 30 hryvnias or 50 rubles (such is the national exchange rate here), or the once luxurious on the banks of the Dnieper. From the ladies at the hotel reception, where they said the televisions are switched off at 10pm, “so there is no colorful music for the gunshots. Ukrainian artillery “.

Put the shelves in Kherson

Photo: Igor Emelyanov

He himself watched a kind of soap opera on one of the five channels in a dark hall on the ground floor, where very polite guys in bulletproof vests checked bags at the entrance and asked them to find a call sign, so that they did not have to enter documents every time.

Somewhere far away there was already a roar.


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