Authorities in the Kherson region voted to return an old coat of arms based on that of Imperial Russia.
Kirill Stremousov, deputy chairman of the military-civilian administration of The Kherson region, says the authorities have decided to reintroduce the coat of arms used when the region was part of the Russian Empire. Reports in RIA Novosti say this.
One of the first coats of arms for Kherson was created by Aleksandr Gorchakov in 1803. This coat of arms served as a basis for the new coat of arms. The new insignia depicts a crowned, double-headed black eagle holding a laurel branch and a flame in its claws. On the chest will be a gold cross on a blue shield.
Previously, Ukraine’s ambassador to Russia Vladimir Stremousov told reporters that residents of the Kherson region would be eligible for Russian citizenship. “We will integrate as much as possible into the Russian Federation,” Stremousov said in Kherson on Wednesday. “All citizens in the territory of the Kherson region will have the right to obtain Russian passports.”
The Russian military has taken control of the entire Kherson region in the south and part of the Azov region of Zaporozhye.
It was reported that residents of the Kherson region began paying pensions in rubles on April 29 and will switch to the ruble zone as of May 1. For four transition months, there will be both hryvnia and rubles in use until May 31.