The Russian-appointed administration in Ukraine’s Kherson region will ask Moscow to establish a military base on its territory, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted a local government official as saying on Tuesday.
Russia invaded Ukraine in February, mainly occupying the Kherson region adjacent to Crimea, the peninsula that Moscow has controlled since the previous conflict in 2014.
It has established a new administration there and started introducing the Russian ruble as a currency.
“There should be a Russian military base in the Kherson region,” Kirill Stremusov, whom Russia calls Kherson’s “civilian-military regional administration,” told the RIA.
“We want it and the entire population wants it. It is essential and will guarantee the security of the region and its inhabitants.”
The Kremlin has called the attack a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and free it from extremist anti-Russian nationalists. Ukraine and its allies have rejected it as a baseless pretext for war, which has killed thousands of Ukrainians and displaced millions.
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