A resident of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson said that her city is like a “zombie apocalypse” since Russian troops took over.
The woman, who requested to be identified as Tanya, said in an interview on CNN International that the invasion has taken a physical and psychological toll.
“It’s very hard to live in such conditions, physically, because you cannot do things that you did before the war,” she said. “You can’t go out as much, you can’t breathe fresh air, so it’s physically hard.”
“Psychologically, it’s even more harder because you see all those empty shelves in the stores, you see all those armed people going out to walk by you, by the street, and it’s terrifying because they are all around the city. So it’s hard, she continued
The new Russian-installed leadership of the Ukrainian region of Kherson today announced plans to make a formal request to become part of the Russian Federation.
“Authorities of the Kherson region will appeal to the President of Russia with a request to include the region into Russia,” according to a statement on a new Telegram channel, which appears to be linked to the pro-Russian administration.
Tanya said she is scared of Russian soldiers patrolling the city and that no one she knows wants to be a part of Russia.
“I don’t know any person who would like to join the Crimea — like the part of Russian Federation. I don’t know any person in Kherson, just talking on the street with them, they don’t want to be part of Russian Federation; they’ve seen what they’ve done,” she said.
Tanya said that many people have left the city and it’s fairly empty by 3 pm local time.
“It looks like zombie apocalypse; there is nobody here. In the morning, there are a lot of people but now I see that our city is just slowly dying unfortunately,” she said.
The woman told CNN she wants to leave the city — like many of her friends have already — but it’s very difficult because there are no official evacuation corridors and dozens of Russian checkpoints.
She said the city’s train station has not been operating since the Russians took over the city, and Russian troops are now using it as a base.