The fresh so-called referendums and annexation of Ukrainian territories had been celebrated in Russia and condemned by means of the arena. Euronews requested individuals who are living in shut proximity to the territories about their perspectives on those occasions.
Volodymyr, who’s Russian, however has lived in Ukraine since his adolescence, rests within the backyard of his condominium block, taking a destroy from cleansing the particles after rockets hit the construction adjoining to his house and the bottom close to its front.
“What referendums can we talk about if the frontline is here and tomorrow they are not there… They are holding referendums….they join Kherson to them? How is that possible?,” he said.
“What are the referendums for? They’ve already started to mobilize in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson region our residents, our Ukrainians, who live 100km from us. They already have to enrol to fight for Putin against us. How is that? What is he doing? We can neither understand nor forgive it.
“I am Russian, but I hate Russians, I hate Russia.”
The Mykolaiv region borders the temporarily occupied Kherson region. Since Russia took over those territories, Mykolaiv lost access to its water supply. The water that now runs from the tap is salty, and not fit for drinking.
Russian forces were pushed back from the city, but Mykolaiv is exposed to regular shelling, which targets civilians and civilian infrastructure. The low-precision strikes hit residential buildings, universities, hospitals and other public buildings.
Taxi driver Vladislav dismisses the importance of the so-called referendums, he thinks that the press is paying too much attention to it.
“What can we talk about here?!” he exclaims by means of elevating his arms within the air.
“They invented all this. I think we don’t have to talk about it at all. Which referendum?! This is insane. It’s our land, they are conquerors, they are occupiers. That’s it,” he concludes.
Dmytro, an economist from Crimea has lived in Mykolaiv for a few years. He hasn’t been house to the peninsular since its annexation in 2014. He thinks that this transfer by means of the Kremlin may in the end assist Ukraine to revive the integrity of its territories.
“I was very irritated that after the annexation of Crimea all the western leaders put it off the agenda. They said that Crimea is a different question, it shouldn’t be touched. This irritated me a lot because I was born in Crimea, I grew up there, my mother is buried there. And after the annexation, it became completely out of reach. And with these recent referendums Putin entirely destroyed this “exceptional status” of Crimea, he put it back on the agenda. And if we will liberate our cities and our land, Crimea will not be an exception, it will also have to return to be a part of Ukraine again.”
The air alarms and explosions are widespread in Mykolaiv, cardboard changing blown-out home windows at the streets of Mykolaiv at each step. They ceaselessly glance abandoned, as lots of the eating places, retail outlets and different small companies are closed.
After asking many of us across the town we could not in finding any favorable opinion at the annexations or the Russian presence within the nation – the anger in opposition to the rustic and its political and army movements could be very robust.