“In Kherson Oblast, cellular communication and the Internet, for all operators, has disappeared. Communication in Kherson, Kakhovka district, Novotroitske and Chaplynska communities and partially Zaporizhzhia Oblast has been cut off,” the MP said.
Initially, Fediyenko said that the cause had been “an accident involving a fiber optic cable between Kherson-Mykolaiv.”
At the same time, a representative of Vodafone mobile operator in Kherson told Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne that “this, unfortunately, is not an accident.”
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Russian occupational authorities have been preparing sham referendums to “legitimize” the puppet authorities in the temporarily occupied areas, Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence reported on Apr. 19. Ukrainian intelligence has said that ballots, posters, and other “electoral literature” are being printed for voting in a referendum on the creation of a sham “Kherson People’s Republic.”
Independent Russian media outlet Meduza, citing sources in the Kremlin, said the possible dates for a “referendum” in Kherson Oblast could be May 14-15.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said that in order to falsify the “referendum”, Russian invaders are forcing local residents to submit their personal data, particularly when receiving “humanitarian aid”. At the same time, humanitarian aid from the Ukrainian side is blocked or stolen.
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Zelensky emphasized that Ukraine would quit current the current round of peace talks with Russia if these sham referendums were held.
On Apr. 28, Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council, Yuri Sobolevsky, said that the Russian invaders in Kherson Oblast do not have enough “loyal” citizens justify the creation of the puppet “Kherson People’s Republic.”