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

Date: October 2, 2022 Time: 18:57:09

Posters for the referendum in Kherson

Photo: Igor EMELYANOV

If you want to better understand how the liberated territories are related to the special operation, to Russia and to the referendum to join it (which will take place on September 23-27, ed.), you should not arrive in organized groups as part of pools tested.

Kherson, the city of Russian glory, founded by Prince Potemkin of Tauride, is worth reaching from the Russian capital on your own. For example, having greeted almost 2,000 kilometers from Moscow at the wheel, through Potemkin Crimea.

Yes, it is tedious, but very instructive.

MALOROSSKAYA ROAD

To understand how the Russian order is better than the Ukrainian (forgetting about two Russian problems in this place), you need to drive on a September night along the Crimean bridge and the Taurida highway, and on a clear day through the ” Crimean-Ukrainian” checkpoint Chongar and on the way to Melitopol, then turning to Kakhovka, and then to Kherson.

Two worlds – two Shapiros.

Tickets to the Crimean bridge, himself and more Tavrida – this is … the European level! Ukrainian roads (Kherson region), which were under the patronage of the President of Ukraine (which is indicated by the remaining signs on the roadsides) are a washboard mixed with almost smooth glass (the latter is clearly 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 they explained the way to Kherson in Ukrainian. The route was “decorated” with spots of burned vehicles on the roadsides and broken gas stations (180 kilometers from Chongar to Kherson), there is simply not a single working gas station.

Route to Kherson

Photo: Igor EMELYANOV

MINING TRUTH

Men at one of the dozen checkpoints on the road from Kakhovka to Kherson and Odessa were quietly poking at the Niva’s engine when I decided to look inside its concrete bunker, clad in camouflage netting and decorated with a tricolor and the banner of Victory.

– How many are here?

– Seventh month without replacement.

– Why not on the block?

– So there is no orientation to specific machines. And the crest sabotage groups 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 and Seryoga from Shakhtersk, who since the end of February is guarding the bridge and the ferry to Kherson. Ukrainians destroyed his house in 2014, he fell under the first mobilization in the DPR, his family lives in Kuban in a hostel, his son, who was supposed to go to demobilization, was offered a contract. ..

Seryoga saw up close how the ill-fated Antonovsky bridge connecting Kherson to the “mainland” was attacked by Ukrainian troops with American “Hymars” rocket systems, which is why now only the mad drive across this half-broken concrete crossing.

Why are the Hymars so scary?

– They fall almost silently and break the concrete, layer by layer. I removed the fragments from the road so that the cars would not tear the rubber.

Fragments of the “Haymars” flew into the house where the Donetsk fighters stopped, and he was half a kilometer away.

Serega complains that some in Kherson are still intimidated by the Ukraine and its saboteur agents.

– He asked to sell salo on 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 puts her hand to her throat-they say, the neighbors look at me. They can deliver.

Well what to do with it? Just clean the Bandera underground and show success on the front that Ukraine will not return to Kherson.

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

Broken bridge to Kherson

Photo: Igor EMELYANOV

TALKS ON THE BRIDGE AND BEYOND THE BRIDGE

In front of the pontoon crossing, located on the damaged bridge connecting Kherson with the rest of the region, double check. Here the Russian guards serve together with the military.

Jokes, jokes, along with conversations about life and if there is truth in the telegram channels of bloggers who write about the war.

While waiting for a 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 packages of onions in one of four Kherson markets.

It’s amazing how a Russian person who has lived for almost 30 years in Ukraine, when he answers without hesitation, from time to time gets lost in the language. Everything is already mixed up in the head and habits. She complains that many have lost their regular jobs. This is where you go to the markets.

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

– That’s right… And it seems to rumble 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, ladies walked with Labradors and Pekingese. Two bikers in expensive models and decent gear were pedaling toward the park. The approaching twilight diluted the lit lanterns. On the terrace of the cinema “Ukraine” in front of the regional administration, tightly boarded up 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 speech in Ukrainian, neither from taxi drivers, nor from sellers, nor from a guard in the parking lot who offered payment – 30 hryvnias or 50 rubles (such is the national exchange rate here), nor from ladies at the reception in a once luxurious hotel on the banks of the Dnieper, where they said that at 10 pm the televisions are turned off, “so that there is no color music for the gunners of the Ukrainian artillery “.

Store shelves in Kherson

Photo: Igor EMELYANOV

They themselves watched some kind of soap opera on one of the five channels in a completely dark hall on the ground floor, where very polite guys in bulletproof vests checked the bags at the entrance and asked them to invent a call sign, so that they would not enter the documents every time.

Somewhere in the distance it was already roaring.



Source: www.kp.ru

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