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Kherson Getting Russian-ized

In early March, Kherson became the first major Ukrainian city to fall to Russian troops. A new report says that Russia has switched communication services to those controlled by Moscow, as an early picture emerges of what can happen to conquered territory. For that reason, perhaps, Ukraine has recently launched a surprise counterattack on Kherson.

Kherson Getting Russian-ized

Roads of Kherson

Cameron Manley and Emma Albright

In the week after the invasion began, Kherson became the first major Ukrainian city to fall to Russian forces. Now, reports from the southern city that’s occupied by the Russian military since March 3, say it has been completely transferred to Russian communication structure and services.

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“It is already exclusively Russian Internet and communications,” Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea, told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti .

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