On Sunday, the head of the regional military administration in the Kherson region shared an update on the status of the liberated villages, including the rules imposed under martial law and the restoration of key services.
Despite the return of Ukrainian control, residents should stay away from recently liberated areas at the risk of Russian attacks, official Yaroslav Yanushevich wrote in his Telegram post on Sunday.
There is still a high probability of shelling the enemy on the right (western) bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region. When the Russian army flees, fighting with civilians begins out of desperation. We have seen this over and over again in many liberated settlements.”
But Ukrainian leaders say they have succeeded in restoring some basic services in the region.
“It was already possible to restore natural gas supplies to more than 300 residents of the liberated settlements in the Kherson region,” Yanushevich wrote.
He also said that mobile communication has been restored in the city of Kherson.
“LTE from Kyivstar (Ukrainian mobile operator) is already operating in the city center on the square near the regional state administration,” he said.
The CNN team saw a communications tower in the city of Kherson on Sunday.
Yanushevich reported that during the Russian occupation of Kherson, most pharmacies stopped working. He stressed that “pharmacies will resume their work after removing mines from the areas.”
The official said the area was still under martial law. Ukrainian authorities banned water transportation in the area until November 19, saying it was to protect residents.