Ukrainian officials in Kherson, one of the first major cities to be captured in the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion, were working to restore the area’s infrastructure Sunday after Russian occupiers left the city “on the brink of a humanitarian crisis,” according to an official who had spoken to residents there.
Kherson regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevych said cellular service was being restored in the area, though a Washington Post reporter there said none was available in the city. The head of the nation’s postal service, Ukrposhta, said on television that the agency was working to reopen branches.
Kherson city remained dangerous, though. Running water was unavailable, explosives were left behind, a curfew was in effect and the regional administration warned that there was a high probability of shelling near the western bank of the Dnieper River.
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The anonymous graffiti artist shared images on his Instagram page late Friday of a mural depicting a female gymnast balancing on the remnants of a building.
However, he gave no information about the piece or his travels — revealing only its location, the town of Borodyanka, in the Kyiv region. The town, about 30 miles northwest of the Ukrainian capital, was besieged by Russian forces in the early weeks of the invasion and subjected to aerial bombardment. It was recaptured by Ukraine in early April.