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Russia | The Guardian: ‘I am staying here’: Kherson residents defy Russian call to evacuate city

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Those who have stayed behind in first major city captured in Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine anxiously await liberation

Eight months after Russia captured Kherson, the first major Ukrainian city to fall when Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded in February, Moscow’s grip on the city appears to be slipping as many of those who have refused Russia’s calls to evacuate anxiously wait for their city to be liberated.

“The city feels somewhat abandoned. Everyone who sympathised with Russia has fled, and the rest are stocking up on food,” said Anastasya, an elderly woman who evacuated her son at the beginning of the war but decided to stay in Kherson to take care of her three cats and two dogs.

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