Residents of Liberated Kharkiv Region Seek Russian Citizenship, Says Local Official

Residents in liberated Kharkiv territories seek Russian citizenship, as fighting continues in Ukraine and tensions rise over US cluster munitions and Russian recruitment efforts.

Bijay Laxmi
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Residents of Liberated Kharkiv Region Seek Russian Citizenship, Says Local Official

Residents of Liberated Kharkiv Region Seek Russian Citizenship, Says Local Official

Vitaly Ganchev, the head of the Kharkiv region administration, has stated that many residents of the liberated territories in the Kharkiv region are seeking to obtain Russian citizenship. In an interview with RIA Novosti, Ganchev said that the local population in these areas is interested in integrating with Russia following the region's liberation from Ukrainian control.

According to Ganchev, "People want to get in touch, but this process is difficult for them because Ukrainian special services are looking for a connection with us, with the Russian side" He also mentioned that residents are asking for assistance in evacuation from the region.

The article provides details on the ongoing fighting in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions, with Ukrainian forces advancing in some areas and fierce battles continuing. It also mentions the shelling of the Kherson region by Russian forces and the impending expiration of the UN-brokered deal to export Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea ports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the U.S. provision of cluster munitions to Ukraine, while claiming that Russia has a sufficient stock of such weapons. The article also notes that the Security Service of Ukraine in the Ternopil region has reported sentences in absentia to three deputies of the Russian State Duma.

Ukrainian special services have reportedly begun active recruitment and are making attempts to recruit Russian citizens, especially young people, one and the elderly, into terrorism. Additionally, a pipeline explosion was previously reported in the Kharkiv region.

Ganchev's statement highlights the complex situation in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region, where some residents are seeking closer ties with Russia despite the ongoing conflict. As fighting continues in various parts of Ukraine, the future of these territories remains uncertain.

Key Takeaways

  • Kharkiv residents seek Russian citizenship after region's liberation.
  • Ukrainian forces advance in some areas, fierce battles continue.
  • Russia shells Kherson region, UN grain deal expiration looms.
  • Ukraine recruits Russian citizens, including youth and elderly, for terrorism.
  • Pipeline explosion reported in Kharkiv region, future of liberated areas uncertain.