More than 30 people in the community died as a result of enemy fire.
Abducted, tortured, destroyed housing: how does the freed from the occupiers of Visokopylla in the Kherson region survive / photo deputy of the Kherson regional council Ihor Yosypenko
The community of Visokopill in the north of the Kherson region was under occupation for 7 months. The occupiers left destroyed houses and dozens of killed and kidnapped people.
Hanna Shostak-Kuchmyak, head of the Vysokopolska OTG, spoke about the situation in the liberated community on the air of the telethon.
According to Shostak-Kuchmyak, the occupiers entered the territory of the community in March. The occupation lasted for more than six months until the community’s village was liberated during a counteroffensive a few weeks ago.
During this time, dozens of people became victims of enemy shelling.
“On March 12, Visokopill was shelled from Grady; on March 13, we already saw the occupiers’ checkpoints. From the first days of the occupiers’ stay on our territory, people began to disappear, we still do not know the fate of many, we do not see either the living or the dead. We are finding the remains of people, examinations are being carried out. More than 30 people of our population received injuries incompatible with life. They died from various types of weapons – mines, projectiles, shrapnel. A lot of the population lost their property. The occupiers looted,” she says.
According to the official, as in all other territories occupied by the Russians, people were tortured in Visokopill. The Russians dumped the bodies of the tortured in the basement of the house of one of the local residents. Its owner, a witness to the crimes of the Russians, was eventually killed as well.
“While this man was alive, he told me that they hid a couple of men in his garden, and the others were taken to a factory on the territory of the community. Now [правоохоронці] look there A lot of time has passed, the territory has grown. Also, the territory is heavily mined,” she says.
In the first weeks of the occupation, the head of the community went to work in Visokopill from the village where he lives by bicycle – despite enemy tanks.
“I drove along the steppe road. I passed BMP, ork tanks. They rode, mocked, laughed… For them it was funny that the head of the community was on a bicycle. But I had to ride. I rode until March 31, because this is my community, my people. What can be done could be done in those conditions – that’s what they did,” she recalls.
During these months, the occupiers deprived the residents of the community of access to social benefits, medicine and medicines. It’s all coming back now. The post office and the provision of medical services have already been restored, and they are working on opening the “Oschadbank”.
Many people lost their homes as a result of enemy shelling, others lived without electricity and gas. The head of the community says that the authorities are trying to help people rebuild their homes where possible, but the scale of destruction caused by enemy shelling is very large.
In addition, Shostak-Kuchmyak also said that the residents of the community primarily used natural gas to heat their homes, but currently there is no certainty that the gas supply will be restored. Therefore, in the villages they set up small houses and cook with firewood.
“The occupiers do not leave anything alive behind them. The same happened with our community. The entire community (22 villages – UNIAN) was liberated. … We were happy about this, but what were we left with? The community is almost destroyed, the housing sector, communal facilities, state institutions. Who was there until the last day of the occupation… These people were without electricity, without gas, without food, without medicine. We still cannot restore the energy supply. Active work is underway, but this network is so destroyed that it requires a lot of time, human resources, materials. … 750 construction kits were issued, but this is not enough, because the destruction is so great. … But this will not save. We need slate, we need timber,” said the head of the OTG.
The situation in the Kherson region – the main news
As UNIAN wrote, as of October 21, it was reported that in the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine had already freed 88 settlements from the Russian occupiers, in which about 12,000 people live.
The enemy has a difficult situation in the south. In the Kherson direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine keep under fire control all control logistic routes of the occupiers. In particular, on the night of October 21, new explosions rang out on the Antonivskyi Bridge.
The occupiers continue their “evacuation” to the left bank of the Dnieper and are preparing Kherson for street battles.
Experts believe that the occupiers may go for another “gesture of goodwill” and retreated from the Kherson region. This is hinted at by the statement of Russian General Serhiy Surovikin, who was recently appointed commander of the occupation forces in Ukraine. He stated that Ukraine was allegedly preparing to attack residential facilities in the Kherson region, and announced “difficult decisions” by the Russian military command.
At the same time, against the background of military defeats, the Kremlin threatens to blow up the dam of the Novokakhovskaya HPP, which creates a threat of flooding for more than 80 settlements, including Kherson.
You may also be interested in news: