Near the occupied Nova Kakhovka and Beryslav districts of Kherson Oblast, the occupiers are forcing people to hand over 70% of the harvest to buyers from the occupied Crimea. Purchase prices are sometimes only 10% of the retail value, reports the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
At the same time, in the occupied territories there is a ban on the export of crops to the territories controlled by Ukraine. There have even been cases when entrepreneurs distributed strawberries and cherries to people free of charge.
According to intelligence, in Mariupol, the occupiers were unable to recruit enough employees to public utility firms, offering a salary of 10,000 rubles per month ($176). Because of this, the Russians decided to give people less so-called humanitarian aid, which at least allowed people to get by.
Now people in the city are offered to become "volunteers", and as a reward they promise to provide "access to food". In addition, intelligence officials say, the occupiers plan to use the unpaid work of "volunteers" to "restore order" in the destroyed settlements, in particular in Mariupol.
The intelligence also found out that the occupiers in Melitopol began to attract people without pedagogical education to the positions of teachers. This decision was made due to the mass refusal of educators to work according to the Russian curriculum. An increase in the number of teachers from Russia and the occupied Crimea is also observed. According to intelligence, local educators who have refused to cooperate with the occupiers are threatened with domestic problems and repression.
What is happening in Mariupol now?
The city was under a blockade by Russian troops and was effectively destroyed. The houses of at least 84,000 citizens were completely destroyed. It is impossible to make an exact calculation of the dead, according to preliminary estimates, up to 22,000 people died in Mariupol. Some residents were forcibly deported to the territory of the unrecognized "DPR" or to Russia.
First, the occupiers cleared the debris, found dozens of dead. But later the occupation authorities decided to demolish the houses, under the rubble of which there may still be people. The debris are taken to a landfill.
According to the Ombudsperson's Office, thousands of Mariupol residents in the city are suffering from hunger. Andryushchenko reported problems with potable water: residents of the city are forced to register in lines to get water from the Russians.
At the same time, the occupiers plan to resume studies in Mariupol schools: Russian textbooks have already been delivered. Education in schools is to take place during the summer, the Russians have canceled summer vacations.
Ukrainian defenders, who defended the Azovstal plant until the last, were taken to the temporarily occupied territories in mid-May and will be exchanged later.
The situation in the south
Currently, a small part of Mykolayiv Oblast, most of the Kherson Oblast, including Kherson, and most of the Zaporizhia Oblast, including Melitopol and Berdyansk, are under Russian occupation.
On June 11, the Kherson City Council announced that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were conducting a counteroffensive in the Kherson Oblast in the directions of Kyselivka, Soldatske, and Oleksandrivka. It was noted that the village of Tavriyske is already completely under the control of Ukraine.
At the same time, evidence of repression against pro-Ukrainian activists and attempts by Russians to establish order came from the occupied territories. For example, the Operational Command South reported that the occupiers were torturing activists in the occupied territories of Kherson and Mykolayiv oblasts, and shooting them for refusing to cooperate. However, the command notes that pro-Ukrainian sentiment in these areas remains high.