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Russia tried to absorb a Ukrainian city. It didn't work

By Andrew E. Kramer

13 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

When Russia illegally annexed four regions of Ukraine, it claimed almost all residents backed the move. But in liberated Kherson, the New York Times finds a community that resisted the occupation.

KHERSON, Ukraine — Iryna Dyagileva’s daughter attended a school where the curriculum included memorizing the Russian national anthem. But teachers ignored it, instead quietly greeting students in the morning with a salute: “Glory to Ukraine!”

Occupation authorities asked Olha Malyarchuk, a clerk at a taxi company, to settle bills in rubles. But she kept paying in Ukrainian currency, the hryvnia.

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