The Russian military has destroyed or damaged nearly 200 cultural heritage sites in Ukraine, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky. In the south of the country, the resistance wants to retake Kherson from Russian troops, explains a presidential adviser to Zelensky.
A museum in the Kharkiv region was damaged by an airstrike on Friday. The art of a famous Ukrainian poet and philosopher of the 18th century was exhibited there.
Zelensky said in a video message: “Defend our people, our cities and even our museums, which are becoming targets of Russian missile attacks. Unfortunately, evil often returns when people disrespect the rights of others, ignore the law, and destroy culture. “
He stressed that on Sunday and Monday the world will celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. But Russia’s actions should “remind every state and country that it is impossible to defeat evil once and for all.”
Kherson will never become the People’s Republic of Russia
Mychailo Podoljak, presidential adviser to Zelensky, reacted on Sunday to statements by Moscow politicians who want to declare the Ukrainian city of Kherson Russian. “There will be no People’s Republic of Kherson,” Podoljak told Ukrainian radio. According to him, the area will be completely liberated and many Russian soldiers will be killed.
Russian politician Andrei Turchak of Putin’s United Russia party said during a visit to Kherson this week that “Russia will always be there”. Russian passports will be issued in the city and ruble, the Russian currency, will be the only means of payment.
Such steps have already been taken in the self-proclaimed pro-Russian separatist people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.
Before the Russian occupation, Kherson, located at the mouth of the Dnipro River, had about 290,000 inhabitants. There are regular demonstrations against the occupiers of the city. The Ukrainian resistance once managed to break through Russian control, but the Russians eventually regained possession of the city.