Not one person has ventured across the Dnipro River to return to Kherson, despite the military lifting a three-day ban on crossings.
Kherson locals await loved ones’ return
Ukrainian families are waiting in bitter cold for their loved ones to cross from the Russian-held bank of the Dnipro River to Kherson, a city that since Ukraine recaptured it from Russian forces last month has been under heavy shelling.
Military officials in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson on Saturday warned fighting in the area could intensify and said they would temporarily lift a ban on crossings to help the evacuation of citizens on the Russian-occupied territory on the east bank.
Under the three-day amnesty which began on Saturday, Ukrainians living in villages across the river can traverse the Dnipro during daylight hours and to a designated point.
But on Sunday, as the amnesty’s second day neared its end, there had not been a single crossing. Around 20 people waited gloomily with a group of soldiers and an ambulance at Kherson’s river port, to the constant sound of shelling nearby.