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Vulnerable Kherson residents ‘wait to die due to drug shortage’

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Shortages of medicine and food in the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson have left vulnerable people waiting to die, a resident said.

Russian forces took control of Kherson, in southern Ukraine near the Black Sea coast, nearly a week ago.

And while shops in town remain open, supplies are not coming through, according to a local man who asked to be called James.

He told the PA news agency: ‘What we have now is a disaster in terms of drug delivery.

“People struggling to live without drugs – it’s a state of emergency right now.”

Asked what these people are doing, he replied, “I think they’re just waiting to die, that’s what they do.”

James said there were also concerns about food shortages and nothing had been indicated by the Russians when supplies might be allowed into the city.

He said: ‘If any kind of delivery goes to Kherson it must be guarded and from what I see the Russians are acting with hate and they are killing just for fun.

“It’s not what I hear, it’s what I see in the pictures – they just shoot cars.

“We in Kherson live like in a big aquarium where at any time they could just spoil the water or pump it out.”

Despite this, James said Kherson residents live in “comfort” compared to others.

He said: “We know what is happening around us and people in the villages are being shot in their homes, in their cars, on their way to work, on their way to their friends. Without thanks.

“It’s really scary.”

Images posted on social media show residents of the city protesting against the Russian occupation.

And although Russian forces control the city, James is skeptical of their ability to maintain a strong presence in the country.

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He described the invasion as a ‘farce’, adding: “There is no invasion – Russian forces are just moving along our highways, it’s just a very long line of Russian military vehicles move from city to city on the roads.

“They are not able to take over cities and set up their own administrations there – they don’t have enough resources for that.

“Russian forces are not infinite.

“At some point the Ukrainians will drive them out – and we hope that moment will come sooner rather than later.”

James called for more help from other nations.

“Overall we feel a lot of support, but while our children are dying, it’s not enough,” he said.