A resident of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson said her town has felt like a “zombie apocalypse” since Russian troops took over.
The woman, who asked to be identified as Tanya, said in an interview with CNN International that the invasion had had physical and psychological consequences.
“It’s very difficult to live in such conditions, physically, because you can’t do the things you did before the war,” she said. “You can’t go out so much, you can’t breathe fresh air, so it’s hard physically.”
“Psychologically it’s even harder because you see all these empty shelves in stores, you see all these people with guns coming out to pass you on the street, and it’s terrifying because they’re all over town. So it’s hard,” she continued
The new leadership installed by Russia in the Ukrainian region of Kherson today announced its intention to make a formal application to become part of the Russian Federation.
“The authorities of the Kherson region will appeal to the Russian president with a request for the inclusion of 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 was afraid of Russian soldiers patrolling the city and no one she knew wanted to be part of Russia.
“I don’t know anyone who would like to join Crimea – as part of the Russian Federation. I don’t know anyone in Kherson, I just talk on the street with them, they don’t want to be part of the Russian Federation; they saw what they did,” she said.
Tanya said many people had left town and it was pretty empty at 3 p.m. local time.
“It looks like a zombie apocalypse, there is no one here. In the morning it is very crowded but now I see our city is slowly dying unfortunately,” she said.
The woman told CNN she wants to leave town – as many of her friends have already – but it’s very difficult because there are no official evacuation corridors and dozens of checkpoints. Russian control.
She said the town’s train station has not been working since the Russians took over the town and Russian troops are now using it as a base.