People in the Ukrainian city of Kherson have been subjected to violence by Russian troops, a local resident told CNN on Friday.
The individual warned that the situation inside the city is deteriorating.
We can’t go outside,” the resident said. “Men are being seized and taken away.”
The resident shared with CNN a video of a convoy of civilian cars, accompanied by some Russian military vehicles, arriving in Kherson Wednesday night.
“Yesterday 50 buses from Crimea drove past us, and settled in the local administration,” the resident said, although CNN has not been able to verify that the cars came from Crimea.
In a statement on Thursday, Hennadii Lahuta -- the head of the Kherson Regional State Administration -- said Russian forces had “completely occupied” the regional state administration building, but stressed that local officials had not given up their responsibilities.
Speaking to CNN Friday, the local resident said that Ukrainian TV had been taken off air, and Russian TV channels were being broadcast, showing the situation in the city to be calm and children going to school. The resident also noted that cellphone networks were being disrupted.
Kherson’s mayor, Ihor Kolykhaiev, said on Wednesday that the Ukrainian military was no longer in the city and that its inhabitants must now carry out the instructions of “armed people who came to the city’s administration” -- indicating that Kherson had fallen under Russian control.
Intelligence from the British military that was released early Thursday noted that “some Russian forces have entered the city of Kherson,” but cautioned that the military situation on the ground “remains unclear.”