‘A referendum is not right’: occupied Kherson looks to uncertain future

People in Russian-controlled region of Ukraine describe nervous atmosphere over Moscow’s next steps

“A city with a Russian history,” proclaim billboards across the Ukrainian city of Kherson, occupied by the Russian army since the first days of March. Others display the Russian flag, or quotes from Vladimir Putin.

Over the past five months, Moscow has appointed an occupation administration to run the Kherson region and ordered schools to teach the Russian curriculum. Local people are encouraged to apply for Russian passports to access pensions and other benefits.

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