Ukrainian currency Hryvnya will be withdrawn from circulation in Kherson: report
As the relentless Russian-Ukrainian war reaches its 152nd day, the deputy head of Kherson’s military-civilian administration, Kirill Stremousov, has revealed that the Kherson region will stop accepting and circulating Ukrainian hryvnia. According NextStremousov said the only currency in the region will continue to be the ruble.
Stremousov’s remarks came at a time when Russian and Ukrainian soldiers were fighting fiercely on Saturday. According to UK Defense Intelligence information, Russian soldiers were using artillery in an attempt to halt the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kherson.
In early April, Russian state media claimed that Ukraine’s Kherson region, which was captured by Russian forces, would make all payments in rubles from May 1. The transition phase could last up to four months, Kirill Stremousov told the RIA-Novosti Press Agency. According to the media, the Russian ruble and the Ukrainian hryvnia would be accepted throughout the changeover.
Apart from this, Russian radio and TV broadcasts also started in Kherson when the area was taken over. Russian rubles began to be “more widely” used by residents of the communities, reports RIA. Russia claimed to have taken full control of Kherson on April 26.
It is important to note that Kherson, which is located in Ukraine, is strategically important for Russia as it served as a component of the land route between the Crimean peninsula and the eastern regions held by pro-Russian separatists. Local Ukrainian officials say Russia replaced the regional headquarters and established its own mayor in the city of Kherson.
Ukraine says it will get Kherson back by September
Meanwhile, Ukraine has said its soldiers will retake Kherson by September, which was taken by Russian forces at the start of the invasion. In an interview on Ukrainian television, Serhiy Khlan, an assistant to the regional head of Kherson, said: “We can say that the Kherson region will be definitely liberated by September and all plans of the occupiers will fail.” Reclaiming Kherson would be a crucial victory for Ukraine as it was the first region to submit to Moscow after the “military operation” began.
Khlan added: “We can say that a turning point has happened on the battlefield. We see that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are winning in their most recent military operations,” ANI reported.
In addition, Ukraine’s embattled President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his soldiers pushed “step by step” into Kherson. Some reports claim that Ukrainian soldiers are functioning well enough to guard the front line in nearby communities.