It is yet unknown how many heads of territorial communities of Kherson oblast remain loyal to Ukraine – Butrii

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Representatives of Kherson Oblast State Administration continue contacting heads of local territorial communities who stay on temporary occupied territory of Kherson oblast. Though, it is not known whether they remain loyal to the Ukrainian state. 

It was reported by Dmytro Butrii, acting head of the Kherson Oblast State Administration, at joint online press conference of media centers “IPC-Kherson” and “IPC-Genichesk”.

“There is no reliable information about their position. But we do need to communicate with them as they should satisfy demands of population on occupied territories”, as Butrii said. 

As he told there is controversial information about possible cooperation with Russian occupants of Serhii Klischevsky, head of Prysyvaska territorial community of Kakhovka district. 

“It is not yet confirmed. We are waiting for official statement of law enforcement authorities. What we receive is not good about his behavior”, as Butrii added. 

There is unclear situation with Volodymyr Kovalenko, the mayor of Nova Kakhovka, who stays in the city temporary occupied by Russian troops. He was proposed to leave the city and evacuate to the territory controlled by Ukraine. 

“Why he stays – we do not know. Law enforcement bodies should give an answer. Kovalenko did not react to the proposal to evacuate. He said – “We are here. If we will leave people alone, it will be bad for them”. Heads of communities have electronic keys to make payments of salaries and social assistance to local residents”, as head of Kherson Oblast State Administration  emphasized. 

The Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine informed on July 11 that there is suspicion against Serhii Belik, head of Lazurne territorial community of Skadovsk district. According to the Office, Belik joined Russian occupants after their invasion into Kherson oblast. 

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