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In Kherson city, sympathies for Russia complicate reintegration into Ukraine

By Michael E. Miller and Samantha Schmidt

22 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Here’s a story we haven’t seen widely reported. In liberated Kherson, some Ukrainians maintain an affinity for Russia, and that’s creating big rifts. A fascinating story from The Washington Post.

KHERSON, Ukraine - When the Russians occupying her city came for the maritime college where she worked, Maryna Ivanovka refused to fall in line. The 60-year-old administrator was fired and banned from campus. Her house was raided and her phone, computers and passport were confiscated. A pro-Russian underling was installed in her place.

Months later, the occupation of Kherson suddenly began to crumble. Russian soldiers fled. And so, too, did the woman who had taken her job and office.

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