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At least four people were injured on Wednesday in Ukrainian city of Kherson Authorities said after Russian forces there used tear gas and stun grenades to break up a pro-Ukrainian protest.
“During a peaceful pro-Ukrainian rally on Freedom Square in Kherson, the soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces used tear gas and sound bombs against the civilian population,” the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office said on Wednesday.
Two people who allegedly participated in the gathering told Reuters that people were waving Ukrainian flags and chanting “Glory to Ukraine” before the appearance of Russian forces.
The soldiers reportedly started shooting in the air, but “there was no panic until they threw the tear gas grenade,” Mikita, an 18-year-old student, told the news agency.
Ihor, a 33-year-old former factory worker, told Reuters that people still staying in Kherson are “depressed” because they “understand they can’t do anything”.
“Many Kherson residents are afraid,” he added. “However, the residents of Kherson do not give up, they calmly go to rallies. They hung flags and blue and yellow ribbons, all to support Ukraine.”
The region’s governor, Hanadi Lagota, said Tuesday that the Russian occupation is forcing his administration to leave Kherson, but his current location is unknown, Reuters reported.