The Russian-occupied Kherson region has closed its borders to surrounding Ukrainian areas, state media RIA-Novosti on Saturday quoted Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-installed government in Kherson, as saying.
“The border is now closed for security reasons… we do not advise traveling to Ukraine at all, regardless of the pretext,” Stremousov said, according to RIA.
Kherson’s border crossings with the Ukrainian regions of Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk have been closed, while travel from Kherson to Crimea or the Russian-controlled areas of Zaporizhzhya remains possible, Stremousov added.
Almost all of Kherson – located in southern Ukraine – has been occupied by Russia since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February.
Some context: Kherson’s premise has been unofficially blocked for weeks, according to Ukrainian officials, who claim anyone wanting to leave the area has been sent to Crimea.
DailyExpertNews has spoken extensively to dozens of Ukrainian families about their difficult journeys in and out of the region.
Efforts by the Russian-installed government in Kherson to install military bases and issue a referendum to make the region a “republic” — mirroring other separatist states in eastern Ukraine — are underway.