Authorities in Kherson in southern Ukraine have warned «activists» and «journalists» operating in the region that they should «worry even more about their safety» as Russian «invaders» have put a «price» on their «heads».
First Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council Yuri Sobolevsky has denounced that the «fake central committee» of Kherson has asked residents of the region to «sell» information about «Ukrainian patriots» who remain on occupied territory.
«They promise a significant monetary reward for each head,» he has warned in a message posted on his Facebook profile. Sobolevski has explained that the new Russian authorities in the region are looking for information about those who manage portals, pages and Internet accounts against the Russian-initiated war.
He also asked «people who paste propaganda leaflets, discredit or damage official campaigns and advertising» of the «invading» troops to remain vigilant, as well as those who run «apartments, houses, or other buildings and premises» that are used as a base of operations.
He has also asked Ukrainian officials, security service agents, military, and even militias and irregular armed groups fighting in defense of Kiev’s interests in this war to pay special attention to these maneuvers of Russian agents present in the region.
The city of Kherson was one of the first to be occupied by Russian forces when President Vladimir Putin announced his entry into Ukraine on February 24.
The region, with a Russian-speaking majority and bordering the also occupied Crimean peninsula, is of vital strategic importance for Moscow, which seeks to form a safe corridor linking the Donbas with the south of the country and at the same time to close the exit to the Ukrainian sea.