Standing up to the Russians in the occupied city of Kherson

Des habitants de Kherson font face à des soldats russes.
Des habitants de Kherson font face à des soldats russes. © Observateurs

On March 2, Russian army trucks and tanks entered Kherson, the first major Ukrainian city to become occupied. We spoke to two residents who told us about what happened in the hours after the city was taken.


As soon as the Russian army took control of the city, they imposed strict rules, including a curfew and a ban on gatherings, as Anna (not real name) explains.

During the day, you can go out in groups of one or two, if not, they shoot. Curfew is from 8pm to 6am. If you go out, they shoot.

At the moment, the main problem in the city is that there is almost no food in the shops, no medicine. There are no more deliveries since the town was occupied.

A resident films Russian army tanks and trucks stationed in Kherson, 4 March 2022.

Vera (not real name), another Kherson resident, told us that the Russian army has done everything to isolate the population.

They have cut off the mobile connection. People can't call each other, contact their relatives, call people in the countryside. They cut off Ukrainian television and replaced them with their own Russian channels.

Despite the fear, the people of Kherson are openly protesting against the Russian occupiers:

There are demonstrations every day in Kherson. With these protests, we show that we don't need Russian peace (...). We don't need them. We lived very well in our city.

Protest against the presence of the Russian army in Kherson, Monday 7 March 2022.