Kherson follows in the footsteps of Crimea. Has the division of Ukraine begun?

“Moscow is now the synchronization center of the Kherson region,” Strimosov said in an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, adding that from this year onwards the region will not go on time. winter, as was the case in Ukraine.

The authorities of the Kherson region also announced the adoption of the Russian international dialing code (country code), which is +7, instead of the old Ukrainian code.

As part of these successive actions and steps, the deputy head of the civil-military administration of the Kherson region announced that the region’s borders with the Ukrainian regions under Kyiv are closed for security reasons.

He revealed that it is currently possible to go from the region to Crimea and from there to the republics of Donbass, Lugansk and Donetsk, which observers consider as a sign that the Russians have practically started to link their areas of control east and south of Ukraine. with Crimea, which achieves one of the most important objectives of the campaign: the Russian army in Ukraine, according to them.

Observers believe that the momentum with which a series of measures are underway to consolidate the bond between Kherson province and Russia, shows that this region could be the first to join Russian territory, making it an example for the rest of the areas controlled by Russia. armed forces and their allies, as is the case in the eastern region of Donbass.

Observers point out that the focus on making administrative decisions that affect people’s daily lives and their records, and related to their details, such as the adoption of Russian time, is intended to create a fact accomplished difficult to budge, which observers say will lead to the preponderance of the scenario of the partition of Ukraine between a pro-Russian part which could officially join Son, and the latter pro-Western half.

In this regard, Russian affairs expert and director of the Russian-Arab Dialogue Center, Muslim Shaito, from St. Petersburg, said in an interview with Sky News Arabia: “It seems that Kherson’s membership, with its symbolic and strategic importance, and its return to the Russian fold, has become a fatality, delivered to a party that administratively and administratively attaches it to Moscow, is a definite sign in this direction, and it is a trend that benefits from widespread popular support from the residents of Kherson and its surroundings. people.”

In this regard, he adds: “The next step could be to work on the legalization and supervision of these successive stages in the form of the organization of a popular referendum, for example, to decide the fate of the region. and its accession to Russia. In this context, these decisions prepare the ground for this scenario, which will often apply to other regions such as Kharkiv as well, in the Donbass region, and to other regions, such as the city of Odessa.

Kherson, the center of the country’s southern strategic region, was the first major city to fall to the Russian military after Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine on February 24.

Kherson is located in southern Ukraine, and is an important and major port on the Black Sea and on the Dnipro River, with a population of around 300,000 people. It is the capital of the province of Kherson, bordering Crimea, which Russia seized in 2014.

Its importance lies in the fact that it is located on the estuary of the Dnipro River, overlooking the Sea of ​​Azov to the southeast and the Black Sea to the southwest, in addition to being a link between Crimea and the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. .

Kherson has the largest shipbuilding port in Ukraine on the Black Sea and is an important shipping center. The city grew steadily during the 19th century, due to shipping and shipbuilding, and remained an important shipbuilding center throughout the 20th century.

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